Violin Concerto in B minor Op.61
Edward Elgar

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The eighth of Elgar's 12 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This reached its highest ever position of number 91 in 2007, the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Despite the status that Elgar's Cello Concerto has acquired since its premiere, there is a case to be made for proposing that it was in fact the Violin Concerto that was truly the composer's favourite among his own works. Many accounts suggest that he was writing for his friend and muse, Alice Stuart-Wortley, whom some claim was the great true love of his life. It is also worth noting that Elgar was writing here for his own instrument. He prided himself on the way in which he had plied his trade as a player for many years, rising up through the practical ranks of real musicians. If the festival orchestras of Victorian England were his coalface, then the violin was his pickaxe.