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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens, I Was Glad / Palmer, Davies, Howell, Elms

Audio Samples

>Parry, Charles H. : Blest Pair of Sirens for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Album Summary

>Parry, Charles H. : Blest Pair of Sirens for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This disc forms part of our ongoing Richard Hickox legacy series. Featured on this two-disc set are Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, and two works by Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens and I was glad.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The chorus has lots of strength for the big spots in The Dream of Gerontius (e.g., the final appearance of 'Praise to the Holiest'), and their soft singing is excellent as well - firm in tone and well in tune. The soloists are all very good. Blest Pair of Sirens is one of the finest choral works in all of British music, and I Was Glad, written for the coronation of King Edward VII (and done at every later coronation) is the quintessential English ceremonial work, is fine. In Dream we have legendary competition, primarily from Barbirolli and Boult (who knew Elgar well for about 30 years). Barbirolli's performance is on the romantic, dramatic side with a wonderful Janet Baker as the Angel; Boult, who made his recording in his mid-80s, is more Apollonian and reverential.

MusicWeb International, 25th September 2013
Much of [Davies's] singing, especially in Part I, is full-throated, almost Italianate and he has all the vocal heft you could wish for...Howell is an imposing vocal presence...The choral singing is as good as any I've heard on disc...The playing of the LSO is superb throughout.

Sunday Times, 6th October 2013
The Elgar emphasises what was lost with Hickox's premature death. It is powerfully dramatic (the Demons have never sounded more ferociously demonic) but hypersensitive to the marvellous subtlety of orchestral and choral colour.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Watford Town Hall (02/14/1988-02/16/1988).



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Works Details

>Parry, Charles H. : Blest Pair of Sirens for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Roderick Elms (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall (02/14/1988-02/16/1988)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Roderick Elms (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall (02/14/1988-02/16/1988)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
  • Performer: Roderick Elms (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall (02/14/1988-02/16/1988)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900