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Apple Music is home to the world’s most complete catalogue of classical music available to stream and download.

All of your music, all in one place. Always ad-free.

The Apple Music Classical Essentials albums are available to stream here. Listen now or save them to your library.

Right now, we're championing the recording by cellist Jacqueline du Pré and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli, of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto & Sea Pictures [Warner]. It’s available on Apple Music and you can stream it now or save it to your library.

August’s Essential Classical Album as chosen by Apple Music was composed by Elgar 100 years ago, during the summer of 1919 at his Sussex cottage. Just the year before he could hear the artillery fire from France drifting over the Channel as WW1 raged on.
The piece is infused with a deep feeling of sadness and impending loss surely influenced by the Great War but equally relating to the final illness of his faithful wife Alice, who died in 1920. 

The work didn’t really catch the public’s imagination for a while and did not achieve wide popularity until the 1960s, when this recording by Jacqueline du Pré helped it to become a classical best-seller.
Listen to Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor Op 85 on Apple Music here
 

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