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’s Interpreters on Record - Volume 6

Elgar’s Interpreters on Record - Volume 6


Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Sung in German


Julius Patzak (tenor), Ira Malaniuk (mezzo-soprano) & Ludwig Welter (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of Austrian Radio, Hans Swarowsky

The Elgar Society is proud to release this first commercial recording of The Dream of Gerontius performed in German. Licensed from Austrian Radio (ORF), the recording was made in Vienna in January 1960.

The Elgar Society formed in 1951 and The Dream of Gerontius is the 29th issue. In 2007 the Society worked in conjunction with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to produce a box set of Elgar’s recordings in order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Elgar’s birth.

This release has its roots in the first (disastrous) performance of Gerontius in October 1900. Julius Buths, the music director of the Lower Rhine Festival, was present and despite the work’s lacklustre reception he saw potential. Buths set about translating the text into German for a performance he wanted to conduct in December 1901. By May 1902 Gerontius was being toasted by Richard Strauss prompting Elgar to write to Novello, his publisher, with excitement and enthusiasm: ‘It was worth some years of anguish-now I trust over- to hear him call me Meister!’

Elgar owed much to Germany and the German speaking world for, as journalist and music critic Michael Kennedy points out in his notes in the booklet accompanying this release, ‘Elgar would be delighted by the existence of this performance. Until 1914 his reputation in Germany was as high or even higher than in his own country’.

Of the soloists on this recording, tenor Julius Patzak will attract the most attention. In 1931 Patzak married the grandaughter of the famous operatic singer Gustav Walter. This assisted with launching the ‘amateur’ Patzak and he sang with the Vienna Staatsoper from 1945 until his retirement in 1960. Patzak was in great demand as a soloist in oratorios and as a leider singer, with the ORF being one of the last recordings to capture his voice. He died in Bavaria in January 1974 at the age of 75.

It is hoped that this release will stimulate renewed interest in The Dream of Gerontius, particularly in the German speaking world.

Booklet notes and full sung text are included in German and English.

Informed annotations penned by music critic Michael Kennedy.

“The performance manifests absolute belief in the work by all concerned: the great Julius Patzak (then 62), the mezzo Ira Malaniuk, Ludwig Welter (superb as the Angel of the Agony), chorus, orchestra and the conductor, Hans Swarowsky, whose grasp of the score is complete.” Sunday Times, 10th August 2008 ****

“Elgar in German has a distinguished history: here's a great Gerontius. In 1960 Julius Patzak was 62 and nearing the end of his honoured career. The qualities that made him a great Florestan are still there to make him a great Gerontius. …the chorus… shines... Hans Swarowsky conducts with feeling and authority...” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008

“[Malaniuk] is very convincing as The Angel. Her tone is rich and full and she sings the part with fine expression and understanding....[Welter] has a fine, authoritative voice and he brings no little presence to both roles...[Swarowsky] seems to me to have the full measure of this score and an understanding of it.” MusicWeb International, 14th May 2014

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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: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, etc.

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38


Paul Tortelier (cello), Heddle Nash - Gladys Ripley - Dennis Noble - Norman Walker (solo singers)

Huddersfield Choral Society, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

“This pioneering set of Gerontius has come up newly minted in these superbly engineered transfers taken from 78rpm masters. That only enhances the incandescence and fervour of the reading itself, in virtually all respects the most convincing the work has received. Sargent's conducting, influenced by Elgar's, is direct, vital and urgently crafted with an inborn feeling for the work's ebb and flow and an overall picture that comprehends the piece's spiritual meaning while realising its dramatic leanness and force. Heddle Nash's Gerontius is unrivalled in its conviction and inwardness. He'd been singing the part since 1930, and by 1945 the work was in his being; he sang it from memory and had mastered every facet. 'Take me away' is like a searing cry of pain from the depth of the singer's soul. Gladys Ripley is a natural and communicative Angel, her flexible and appealing tone always a pleasure. The Liverpool Philharmonic lives up to its reputation at the time as the country's leading orchestra (in particular the sonorous string section), and the members of the Huddersfield Choral Society sing as if their lives depended on it.
Tortelier's Cello Concerto presents the Classical approach as compared with the Romantic one of du Pré, and is the best of Tortelier's readings of the work on disc, with his tone and phrasing at their firmest and most telling. A considered and unaffected reading among the best ever committed to disc.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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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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