Elgar on his Violin Concerto

“It’s good! Awfully emotional! Too emotional, but I love it…”

  • Edward Elgar on his own Violin Concerto

Jeremy Pound, “First Violin”, BBC Music Magazine, October 2010, p. 36.




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