Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Elgar's Cello Concerto

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Edward Elgar Wikimedia Commons

Edward Elgar composed almost nothing during the First World War. He said: "I cannot do any real work with this awful shadow hanging over us." But, after four years of mechanized death on a scale the world had never seen, he began writing his Cello Concerto. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear that piece from a concert in Los Angeles.