Beatrice Harrison, New Symphony Orchestra/Edward Elgar (1928) Naxos 8.111260
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.
The exceptional disc that won Weilerstein the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year in 2014.