Notes & Reviews:
Elgar's 'Dream of Gerontius' was thought by many to be outlandishly modern at the time of its completion in 1900. Telling the story of the journey of a dying man's soul into the afterlife, the subject originally caused uproar within the English church, although now it is acclaimed as one of the great choral masterpieces and one of Elgar's most popular works. The London Symphony Orchestra has a long association with the music of Edward Elgar and he was one of the orchestra's early principal conductors. "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
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
A deeply felt, thoughtful and, where needed, highly dramatic interpretation of an indisputable masterpiece.
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Works DetailsElgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
- Performers: David Rendall (Tenor); Alastair Miles; Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Colin Davis
- Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus
- Notes: Barbican, London, England (12/11/2005/12/13/2005)
- Running Time: 69 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1900
- Studio/Live: Live