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Edward Elgar archive

Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

Read Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters

February 14, 2013 – For ages composers have written love letters, but not with words on paper. Their language is music.

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein

Read Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar: Exploring Music With An Intense Past

December 4, 2012 – The celebrated young American cellist walks us through her recording of a "devastating" concerto.

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Read Young Cellist With An Old Soul Plays Elgar, Elliott Carter

November 6, 2012 – Hear an excerpt from an excellent album of cellist Alisa Weilerstein playing music classic and new.

British composer Edward Elgar, seated at his desk at Severn House in Hampstead. His Symphony No. 1 was hailed as the best British symphony ever when it debuted in 1908.

Read Elgar's Belated Symphony: Majestic, Noble And Perfectly British

May 5, 2012 – Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the enduring qualities of the English composer's first symphony.

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Don't mix up your mezzos and contraltos.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Managing Mezzos, Altos And Contraltos

November 16, 2011 – Learn to love our low-voiced lady opera singers who get to play everything from royalty to rivals.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

Read A Cellist Is Chosen, And Challenged

May 28, 2011 – A former child prodigy, 29-year-old Alisa Weilerstein is on the fast track of rising musical stars.

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Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

Listen 2010 Gramophone Award Winners Announced

October 4, 2010 – The venerable British classical music magazine has announced winners in 24 categories.

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Hooray. It's Elephant Appreciation Day!

Read In Praise Of Pachyderms (And Other Critters): The 'Deceptive Cadence' Puzzler

September 22, 2010 – To mark Elephant Appreciation Day, take a "critter quiz." Match the music to the creature.

Nikolaj Znaider

Listen Fritz Kreisler's Music (And His Violin) At WGBH WGBH

January 28, 2010 – Hear Nikolaj Znaider play works by Kreisler on the 1741 Guarneri that once belonged to the composer. WGBH

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Cellist Jacqueline Du Pre records Elgar's Cello Concerto with conductor John Barbirolli at Kingsway Hall in London, 1965.

Listen Quiet Anguish In Elgar's Cello Concerto

November 10, 2009 – Cellist Jacqueline Du Pre exposes both the tenderness and pain in Elgar's late-career concerto.

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Listen SPCO In Concert: Fiddlers, Corn And Fireworks APM

August 10, 2009 – Hear the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra honor its outgoing conductor with works from three centuries. APM

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Read WGUC's Classical Love Notes WVXU

February 10, 2009 – For Valentine's Day, these classical pieces capture the power of love in some of its various guises. WVXU

Read Edward Elgar's Post-War Concerto of Conviction

October 31, 2007 – After WWI, Elgar wrote an aching cello concerto. Steven Isserlis solos with the New Jersey Symphony.

Listen Edward Elgar, Britain's Musical Icon, Turns 150

June 2, 2007 – Despite an air of English stuffiness, the composer remains popular 150 years after his birth.

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Read Elgar, Misunderstood Man of 'Hope and Glory'

June 2, 2007 – Composer Edward Elgar was born 150 years ago. Discover the man of 'Enigmas,' 'Hope and Glory.'

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