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Elgar: The Apostles / Sir Mark Elder, Halle Orchestra and Choir

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  1. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1, Prologue: The Spirit of the Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: I. The Calling of the Apostles $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: I. The Calling of the Apostles, The Dawn $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: I. The Calling of the Apostles, "And When it Was Day" $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: II. By the Wayside $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: III. By the Sea of Galilee $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: III. By the Sea of Galilee, In the Tower of Magdala $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: III. By the Sea of Galilee, "This Shall Ye Have of Mine Hand" $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: III. By the Sea of Galilee, In Caesarea Philippi $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: III. By the Sea of Galilee, In Capernaum $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 1: III. By the Sea of Galilee, "Turn You to the Stronghold" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: IV. The Betrayal $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: IV. The Betrayal, "Then Gathered the Chief Priests and Pharisees" $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: IV. The Betrayal, In Gethsemane $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: IV. The Betrayal, "Then Judas, Which Had Betrayed Him" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: IV. The Betrayal, "Wither Shall I Go" $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: IV. The Betrayal, "Mine End Is Come" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: V. Golgotha $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: VI. At the Sepulchre $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: VII. The Ascension $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: VII. The Ascension, "And When He Had Spoken These Things" $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Elgar — The Apostles, Op. 49, Pt. 2: VII. The Ascension, "They Platted a Crown of Thorns" $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : The Apostles, Op. 49
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new release presents the oratorio planned to open the trilogy, the lesser-known and under-served work The Apostles, in a performance The Guardian described as "revelatory." This retelling of Christ's Passion from the viewpoint of His followers features extensive and effective use of leitmotivs and choral writing that is arguably an advance on that of Gerontius, with the work's closing section - depicting Christ's Ascension to heaven - thought to be one of the most poignant ever written.

The performance benefits from extensive research by Mark Elder, including study of a proof copy of the vocal score that he matched with what Elgar himself conducted in 1921, reinstating the semi chorus of nine male voices, sung here by an ensemble Elder specially selected from the Royal Northern College of Music.

This recording is probably the first - since Elgar conducted The Apostles on September 7, 1921 at the Three Choirs Festival - to incorporate Elgar's intentions at several points in the oratorio. Elgar included a part for a shofar, an ancient Hebrew instrument made of ram's horn. In most performances modern instruments imitate this, but this recording features a genuine shofar player.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Both choral and instrumental work are very fine, and the sound is excellent. The piece itself has many passages of great music and excellent craftsmanship.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (05/05/2012).



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : The Apostles, Op. 49
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano); Rebecca Evans (Soprano); Paul Groves (Tenor); Jacques Imbrailo (Bass); David Kempster (Baritone); Brindley Sherratt (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1901-1903