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

> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: I went to sleep (The Soul of Gerontius)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: My work is done (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: All hail, my child! (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: Low-born clods of brute earth (Chorus)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: It is the restless panting of their being (The Angel)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: The mind bold and independent (Chorus)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: I see not those false spirits (The Soul of Gerontius, The Angel)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: Praise to the Holiest (Chorus, Angel)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: We now have passed the gate (Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: Glory to Him (Chorus)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: They sing of thy approaching agony (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: But hark! A grand mysterious harmony (The Soul of Gerontius)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: And now the threshold (The Angel)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: Praise to the Holiest (Chorus)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: The judgment now is near (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: Jesu! By that shuddering dread (The Angel of the Agony)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: I go before my Judge (The Soul of Gerontius, Chorus)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: Praise to His Name! (The Angel)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: Take me away (The Soul of Gerontius)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (Chorus)
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Part II: Softly and gently (The Angel, Chorus)

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.

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