Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Symphony No. 1

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Symphony No. 1


Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Peter Auty (tenor), Michelle Breedt (mezzo soprano) & John Hancock (baritone)

with Collegium Vocale Gent

Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55


The Dream of Gerontius has not been released on SACD before, so for the true SACD aficionado this is a must-buy.

“On this evidence, Edo de Waart is clearly an Elgar conductor of no mean instinct. Both performances benefit from his judiciously clear-sighted direction...there's an endearing freshness, sense of new discovery and wholehearted application about this substantial undertaking.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“The First Symphony, in particular, burns under a surface sheen, and “The Dream of Gerontius” is intensely played and firmly sung.” New York Times, December 2013

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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

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 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 & Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens & I was glad

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens & I was glad


Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Parry:

Blest Pair of Sirens

I Was Glad


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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38


Matthew Best (bass), Sarah Fryer (mezzo soprano), William Kendall (tenor)

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Waynflete Singers Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hill

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Barbirolli in New York: The 1959 Concerts

Barbirolli in New York: The 1959 Concerts


Barbirolli:

An Elizabethan Suite

Recorded 10th January, 1959

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Recorded 18th January, 1959

Berl Senofsky (violin)

Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Recorded 25th January, 1959

Richard Lewis (tenor), Maureen Forrester (contralto), Morley Meredith (baritone)

Westminster Choir

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Recorded 3rd January, 1959

William Lincer (viola), John Corigliano & Leopold Rybb (violin) & Laszlo Varga (cello)

Haydn:

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Recorded 10th January, 1959

Holst:

The Planets: Mars

The Planets: Mercury

The Planets: Uranus

The Planets: Jupiter

Recorded 18th January, 1959

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded 10th January, 1959

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 8 in D minor

Recorded 3rd January, 1959


Barbirolli conducted the New York Philharmonic from 1936 to 1943 and returned to New York in 1959 to conduct the orchestra in a series of concerts featuring English repertoire rarely heard by Americans. Here are the best performances of Sir John’s visit, previously unissued, in state-of-the-art digital restorations. Includes “Dream of Gerontius” with Richard Lewis, a very fine Gerontius.

“[Gerontius] anticipates the superlative studio recording Barbirolli and Lewis made together with Janet Baker five years later, though Maureen Forrester is a more than capable Angel here and the baritone, Morley Meredith, is arguably superior to his later equivalent...The mono sound is patchy but just about serviceable, but Barbirolli fans won't worry about that.” The Guardian, 23rd September 2010 ***

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Elgar - Choral Works

Elgar - Choral Works


Elgar:

The Music Makers, Op. 69

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

The Apostles, Op. 49

The Kingdom, Op. 51

Coronation Ode, Op. 44


An illustrated talk by Sir Adrian Boult featuring Sir Adrian’s recordings with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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British Music Collection - Edward Elgar

British Music Collection - Edward Elgar


Elgar:

Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Elglish Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 'In London Town'

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti

Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Kyung Wha Chung (violin)

Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68

Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Peter Pears, Yvonne Minton, John Shirley-Quirk

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Choir of Kings College Cambridge, Benjamin Britten

Sea Pictures, Op. 37

Della jones (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5, Op. 39

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti

Imperial March, Op. 32

Band of the Grenadier Guards, Lt Col Rodney Bashford

Sospiri, Op. 70

Elegy for strings, Op. 58

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1, Op. 1a

Starlight Express, Op. 78

Alison Hagley (soprano), Bryn Terfel (bass)

Dream Children, Op. 43

Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2, Op. 1b


Decca British Music Collection - E4732492

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