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Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, oratorio / Paul Groves, tenor; Sarah Connolly, mz.; John Relya, bass; Dresden State Opera Chorus; Staatskapelle Dresden; Sir Colin Davis

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  1. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Jesu, Maria $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Kyrie eleison $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Rouse Thee, My Fainting Soul $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Be Merciful, Be Gracious $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Sanctus fortis $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: I Can No. More $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Rescue Him, O Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Novissima hora est $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Proficiscere, anima Christiana $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 1: Go, in the Name of Angels $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: I Went to Sleep $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: My Work Is Done $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: All Hail! My Child and Brother, Hail! $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Low-Born Clods of Brute Earth $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: It Is the Restless Panting of Their Being $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: The Mind Bold and Independent $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: I See Not Those False Spirits $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Praise to the Holiest (1) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: The Sound Is Like the Rushing of the Wind $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Glory to Him $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: They Sing of Thy Approaching Agony $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: But Hark! A Grand Mysterious Harmony $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: And Now the Threshold, as We Traverse It $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Praise to the Holiest (2) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Thy Judgment Now Is Near $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Jesu! By That Shuddering Dread Which Fell on Thee $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Be Merciful, Be Gracious $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Praise to His Name! $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Take Me Away $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge (1) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Softly and Gently, Dearly-Ransomed Soul $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge (2) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. 2: Praise to the Holiest (3) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Excerpted from a Q&A with the late Colin Davis... Q: Sir Colin, Edward Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius is very popular in the UK but heard less often in Germany. Why do you think that is? A: That is hard to explain. As a young man, Elgar was quite famous in Germany. The work was performed in Dusseldorf. Richard Strauss attended, and acknowledged the work's significance. Perhaps Gerontius is less well known because the text appears to have come straight from the Vatican. This work also addresses the issue of dying. If you think what it must be like on your deathbed, you start to dream - that is Gerontius' dream.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Only one of Elgar's choral works has any kind of currency: Gerontius. It is a powerful piece in text and music - the text from the epic poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman (1865). Like Elgar's other works there is an admirable bold confidence, robustness, beauty, and "Englishness" in the music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Semperoper, Dresden, Germany (03/2010).



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>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Paul Groves (Tenor); John Relyea (Bass)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900.
  • Running Time: 68 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900
  • Studio/Live: Live