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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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Edward Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius
Gabrieli Consort
Various composers
Tosca Opdam | Alexander Ullman
Various composers
Fanfare for the Common Man
Dan Dean
Various composers
Between The Clouds
Charlie Siem
Various composers
Huijnen & Hopman
Various composers
Lest we forgot
The Choir of Chichester Cathedral
Various composers
Silence & Music
Gabrieli Consort
Various composers
Music of the Spheres: Part Songs of the British Isles
Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar
The Lark Ascending / Introduction and Allegro
Tamsin Waley-Cohen / Orchestra of the Swan / David Curtis
Various composers
1917: Works for Violin & Piano
Tamsin Waley-Cohen / Huw Watkins
Edward Elgar
Go, song of mine
Ralph Allwood | The Rodolfus Choir
Various composers
Choral Collection
Tenebrae / The King's Singers / Gabrieli Consort / BBC Singers / Ex Cathedra / Rodolfus Choir / Huddersfield Choral Society
Edward Elgar
Organ of Westminster Abbey
Robert Quinney
Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar, Herbert Howells
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
Edward Elgar
Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Serenade
The Philharmonia Orchestra / SIr An
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
Edward Elgar, Nikolai Myaskovsky
Cello Concertos
Jamie Walton
Sonatas for violin & piano
Charlie Siem & Andrei Korobeiniko
Edvard Grieg, Edward Elgar, Jean Sibelius
Music for violin & piano
Isabelle van Keulen / Ronald Brautigam