Symphony No.1
Edward Elgar


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Elgar is your third most popular composer — a title he shares with Tchaikovsky as they both have 12 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This is his fifth entry and it's appeared in every chart apart from in 2003.

Elgar spent a full ten years ruminating on his Symphony No.1, but its arrival, on 3rd December 1908 in Manchester, was greeted with an unprecedented response and it soon went on to garner around a hundred performances over the following year.

The composer had intended to make this a 'Gordon of Khartoum' tribute symphony but, on publication of the score, insisted this plan had gone by the wayside and that his Symphony No.1 had 'no programme beyond a wide experience of human life with a great charity (love) and a massive hope in the future'.