Elgar’s Enigma Variations is one of the greatest pieces of the 19th century – but people have puzzled over its hidden theme for years. In 1899, Sir Edward Elgar wrote his beautiful Enigma Variations, that would contain one of the most moving melodies ever written (its ‘Nimrod’ theme). But Elgar, not content with writing a beautiful piece of music, claimed to have hidden a musical puzzle deep in the heart of his Variations.
Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61, is one of his longest orchestral compositions, and the last of his works to gain immediate popular success. The concerto was composed for the violinist Fritz Kreisler, who gave the premiere in London in 1910, with the composer conducting.
Edward Elgar was the greatest English composer since Purcell, and the first to win widespread international recognition. Elgar had a practical training as a performer on the violin and other instruments, and taught himself composition.
Elgar's blazing mastery of the orchestra was something, if not entirely new, then supremely individual. In 1900, Cambridge awarded him an honorary doctorate. Richard Strauss became a fan. Most writers date Elgar's international reputation to the Variations' premiere. From that point on, Elgar entered his greatest musical phase.
Album · 2015 · 11 Songs. Elgar's classic song cycle is illuminated by mezzo soprano Alice Coote. Elgar Sea Pictures Hallé Orchestra.
In 1995, The Right Stuff reissued Al Green's Greatest Hits, adding five of the highlights from the second volume of greatest hits as bonus tracks. The result was a definitive single-disc compilation, featuring 15 of Green's absolute best songs, including "Tired of Being Alone," "Let's Stay Together," "I'm Still in Love With You," "Call Me," "Here I Am," "Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)," and "L-O-V-E (Love). The original version of Greatest Hits was great, but the revision made it nearly perfect.