Six of the best recordings of Elgar’s Cello Concerto

We name the very best performances of the British composer's iconic work for cello and orchestra

Cellist Jacqueline du Pré

Beatrice Harrison, New Symphony Orchestra/Edward Elgar (1928) Naxos 8.111260

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The concerto’s first complete recording, under the baton of the composer himself.

Pablo Casals, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Adrian Boult (1945) Warner Classics 7777634985

Casals’s approach is heavily romantic – too much so for some listeners at the time.

Paul Tortelier, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent (1953) Testament SBT2025

Nuanced and refined – one of three recordings of the work made by the French cellist.

Jacqueline du Pré, LSO/John Barbirolli (1965) Warner Classics 2564607600

A powerfully passionate performance that propelled Du Pré into the limelight.

Julian Lloyd Webber, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin (1985) Philips 416 3542

Julian Lloyd Webber’s own recording of the concerto was deservedly acclaimed for its understated passion.

Alisa Weilerstein Staatskapelle Berlin/ Daniel Barenboim (2013) Decca 478 2735

The exceptional disc that won Weilerstein the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year in 2014.

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