Top 10 Elgar recordings

Gramophone Tue 14th January 2014

Elgar's lyrical side conjures up tranquil pastoral beauty; his pomposity and ebullience remind us of the British bulldog – one with teeth.

No 1

Cello Concerto

Jacqueline du Pré (vc) London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Barbirolli

'Issued in 1965 and one...' Review


No 2

Violin Concerto

Nigel Kennedy (vn) London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vernon Handley

'Nigel Kennedy now comes to...' Review


No 3

Pomp and Circumstance Marches

BBC Philharmonic / Sir Andrew Davis

'Davis’s dashingly articulate, meticulously observant and...' Review


No 4

Symphony 2

Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis

'Andrew Davis’s new recordings of the Elgar symphonies along with...' Review


No 5

Enigma Variations

London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult

'Plenty of Enigma recordings have been added to the catalogue since...' Review


No 6

In the South, ‘Alassio’

BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis

'Hearing again Sir Andrew Davis’s magnificently unforced...' Review


No 7

Serenade for Strings

Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis

'Not since Nigel Kennedy’s 1997 remake with Sir Simon Rattle and...' Review


No 8

Piano Quintet

The Nash Ensemble

'As ever, the playing of the Nash Ensemble evinces consummate refinement and total...' Review


No 9

Sea Pictures

Janet Baker (mez) London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Barbirolli

'Issued in 1965 and one of EMI's best-sellers ever since, this Elgar...' Review


No 10

The Dream of Gerontius

Bryn Terfel (bass-bar) Hallé Orchestra and Choir / Sir Mark Elder

'It is only fitting that the Hallé should be the source of the only...' Review

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