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Elgar: The Light of Life / Judith Howarth, Linda Finnie, Arthur Davies, John Shirley-Quirk, Richard Hickox

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> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Meditation
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Chorus and Solo: Seek Him that maketh the seven stars (Chorus, Tenor)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Recitative and Chorus: As Jesus passed by (Contralto, Women's Chorus)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Solo: Be not extreme, O Lord (Soprano)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Solo: Neither hath this man sinned (Baritone)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Light out of darkness (Chorus)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Recitative: And when He had thus spoken (Contralto, Baritone)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Women's Chorus: Doubt not thy Father's care! (Chorus)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Solo and Chorus: He went his way therefore (Contralto, Tenor, Chorus)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Solo: As a spirit didst Thou pass before mine eyes (Tenor)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Recitative and Chorus: They brought him to the Pharisees (Contralto, Tenor, Chorus)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Solo: Thou only hast the words of life (Contralto)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Soli and Chorus: But the Jews did not believe (Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Chorus)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Solo and Women's Chorus: Woe to the shepherds of the flock (Soprano, Women's Chorus)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Recitative and Soli: Jesus heard that they had cast him out (Contralto, Tenor, Baritone)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Solo: I am the Good Shepherd (Baritone)
> The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Light of the World, we know Thy praise (Chorus)

Notes & Reviews:

With this re-release the superior offerings of master conductor Richard Hickox are made available to new audiences. Elgar, well-loved for his massive and mighty Dream of Gerontius, gets another moment in the sun with the lesser known but imposing oratorio The Light of Life for soprano, contralto, tenor, and baritone soloists with full choir and orchestra. From the downbeat of the opening "Meditation," Hickox makes his mastery of Elgarian musicality obvious to even the passing listener as he leads the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus into rich and beguiling territory.

MusicWeb International, 26th June 2013
Hickox's fine performance is the one to have.



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