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Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius / Arthur Davies, Felicity Palmer, Normann Bailey. Hickox, Svetlanov

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International, February 2015
An interesting addition to the discography of The Dream of Gerontius. It's also a valuable document, illustrating an unexpected side to this Russian conductor who could be volatile but, at his best, inspirational.

Sunday Times, 22nd February 2015
A powerful Gerontius, with fine British chorus and soloists...but a Russian orchestra, conducted with passionate conviction. Svetlanov and his players show thorough understanding of what Michael Kennedy calls Elgar's masterly melodic speech rhythm, and the music flows.

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of The Dream of Gerontius by Edward Elgar performed by Evgeny Svetlanov. The Dream of Gerontius (1900), often referred to as an oratorio, is Elgar's largest composition. A deeply spiritual and religious content of the oratorio, plenty of dramatic and vivid episodes, a developed vocal and choral texture, and masterful grasp of orchestral colours made it one of the most popular works of British music along with Handel's Messiah. The Dream of Gerontius was performed with great success at the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 1983 with the participation of well-known British soloists Felicity Palmer, Arthur Davies and Norman Bailey, the London Symphony Chorus conducted by Richard Hickox and the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov. We present a recording of that performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (04/21/1983).


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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
  • Performers: Norman Bailey; Arthur Davies (Tenor); Felicity Palmer (Soprano); Oleg Yanchenko (Organ)
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900.
  • Running Time: 79 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900