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Edward Elgar

Eward Elgar was a British composer, who stood on the forefront of the revival of English music around 1900. Many of his works have entered the international concert repertoire, although there are performed more often in Britain than elsewhere.
Although Elgar is often considered as a typically English composer, he has primarily been influenced by composers on the European continent. He was contemptuous of folk music and had little respect for English Renaissance and Baroque composers. Instead he was particularly inspired by Dvorák, Händel and Brahms, and the clarity of 19th-century French composers, which resonates through his orchestrations.
Elgar was autodidact, and learned to play the organ, violin and viola at an early age within the musical family in which he was brought up. He also composed and arranged music for various ensembles. He became somewhat well-known with his overture Froissart, but only gained international recognition after composing his Enigma Variations in 1899. Currently researchers are still trying to find out which melody Elgar has hidden within the variations.
Other famous works by Elgar are the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, the oratorio The Dream of Gerontinus and the Cello Concerto. 

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The Dream of Gerontius
Gabrieli Consort
Tosca Opdam | Alexander Ullman
Fanfare for the Common Man
Dan Dean
Between The Clouds
Charlie Siem
Huijnen & Hopman
Lest we forgot
The Choir of Chichester Cathedral
Silence & Music
Gabrieli Consort
Music of the Spheres: Part Songs of the British Isles
The Lark Ascending / Introduction and Allegro
Tamsin Waley-Cohen / Orchestra of the Swan / David Curtis
1917: Works for Violin & Piano
Tamsin Waley-Cohen / Huw Watkins
Go, song of mine
Ralph Allwood | The Rodolfus Choir
Choral Collection
Tenebrae / The King's Singers / Gabrieli Consort / BBC Singers / Ex Cathedra / Rodolfus Choir / Huddersfield Choral Society
Organ of Westminster Abbey
Robert Quinney
Majesty of thy Glory
Morris, Le Grice, Temple Church Cho
Elgar: Symphony No.1 & 2
Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Andrew
The Organ of Saint Sulpice, Paris
Joseph Nolan
Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Serenade
The Philharmonia Orchestra / SIr An
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
Cello Concertos
Jamie Walton
Sonatas for violin & piano
Charlie Siem & Andrei Korobeiniko
Music for violin & piano
Isabelle van Keulen / Ronald Brautigam