Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Cello Concerto

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Cello Concerto


Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Mark Tucker (tenor), Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo-soprano) & David Wilson-Johnson (bass baritone)

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs & TSO Chorus

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Jian Wang (cello)


Sydney Symphony, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy directs a stirring performance of two of Elgar’s mightiest works. The Dream of Gerontius is regarded by many as Elgar’s masterpiece. Elgar himself wrote at the end of the manuscript “This is the best of me…” Jian Wang is the soloist in the composer’s final orchestral masterwork, the Cello Concerto.

“Ashkenazy conducts with heaps of spirit, tingling drama and red-blooded commitment to the cause, and he draws an unstintingly fresh and laudably disciplined response from his massed cohorts...The coupling...has to be one of the most communicative accounts of Elgar's masterpiece to have come my way in recent years.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“The chorus are well trained and disciplined although they are not as crisp or characterful as some...Worth hearing for a magnificent Angel but thereafter only fitfully engaging.” MusicWeb International, June 2012

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38


Vinson Cole (tenor), John Hancock (bass), Jane Irwin (soprano)

Bard Festival Chorale, American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein

American Symphony Orchestra - ASO199

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Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius

Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

live 2nd January 1947

The Halle Orchestra

Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

recorded 20th November 1957

Jon Vickers, Constance Shacklock & Marian Nowakowski

RAI Orchestra


“Vickers doesn't disappoint, singing with an intensity and a care for the sound and sense of every word that are well nigh ideal. As the Angel, Constance Shacklock, gravely beautiful if occasionally too grand, is first-class, too. The drama Barbirolli brings to the work is recognisable from his later studio account, but here the live sound is at best adequate and at worse unacceptable, with a microphone placed so close to the conductor that at times he seems to be duetting with Vickers. The orchestra and chorus do their best, which isn't quite good enough; it's Vickers who makes this a must-have.” The Guardian, 23rd May 2008 ***

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Elgar: The Music Makers, Op. 69, etc.

Elgar:

The Music Makers, Op. 69

Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Richard Lewis (tenor), Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-Soprano) & Kim Borg (bass)

Hallé Choir, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Ambrosian Singers & Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli


This 1964 recording of The Dream of Gerontius, though made over four days at Christmas in a miserable and foggy Manchester, has long been the version of choice in round-up reviews, most recently on BBC Radio 3 in Building a Library. Besides the leading Gerontius of his day, Richard Lewis, and the tremendous doubled chorus, it established Janet Baker as a peerless Angel.

“The must-have Gerontius, recorded in the idealised soundscape so beloved of the 1960s, where choir and soloists are close-miked and crystal-clear. Richard Lewis's well-groomed, classic tones and Barbirolli's deep understanding result in a benchmark reading.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2007 *****

Building a Library

First Choice - October 2006

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius


Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Severn Suite, Op. 87


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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38


A high density DSD recording, live at the Barbican Centre on 11-13 December 2005. 36 page booklet with notes in English, French and German, Text in English only

“…a deeply felt, thoughtful and, where needed, highly dramatic interpretation of an indisputable masterpiece.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2006

“orchestral textures were sensuously coloured, and the vast symphonic structure flawlessly paced and handled.The choral singing, thrilling in its immediacy and clarity, can only be described as electrifying from start to finish” The Guardian

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, etc.

Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Walton:

Belshazzar's Feast


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Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar


Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Nicolai Gedda (Gerontius), Helen Watts (Angel), Robert Lloyd (Priest/Angel of the Agony)

The Music Makers, Op. 69

Janet Baker (mezzo)


“Nicolai Gedda is the tortured soul approaching death in this recording conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. Gedda's cry of "Take me away!" as he is allowed a glimpse of God for the first time is memorable indeed. The set also includes a wonderful recording of The Music Makers, with Dame Janet Baker treating us to her most honeyed of tones.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, May 2014

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius


Delius:

Sea Drift

John Shirley-Quirk

London Symphony Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, Yvonne Minton

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Holst:

The Hymn of Jesus, H140

BBC Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult


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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

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