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

Audio Samples

  1. Elgar — Blest Pair of Sirens
  2. Elgar — I was glad when they said unto me, Op. 51, "Psalm 122" $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Prelude
  4. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death (Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Kyrie eleison (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Rouse thee, my fainting soul (Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Be merciful, be gracious (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus (Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: I can no more; for now it comes again (Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Rescue him, O Lord (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Novissima hora est (Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Profiscere, anima Christiana (The Priest) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. I: Go, in the name of Angels (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: I went to sleep (The Soul of Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: My work is done (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: All hail, my child! (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: Low-born clods of brute earth (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: It is the restless panting of their being (The Angel) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: The mind bold and independent (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: I see not those false spirits (The Soul of Gerontius, The Angel) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: Praise to the Holiest (Chorus, Angel) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: We now have passed the gate (Angel, The Soul of Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: Glory to Him (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: They sing of thy approaching agony (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: But hark! A grand mysterious harmony (The Soul of Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: And now the threshold (The Angel) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: Praise to the Holiest (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: The judgment now is near (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: Jesu! By that shuddering dread (The Angel of the Agony) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: I go before my Judge (The Soul of Gerontius, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: Praise to His Name! (The Angel) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: Take me away (The Soul of Gerontius) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Elgar — The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Pt. II: Softly and gently (The Angel, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes

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: 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: 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