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Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius / Davis, Rendall, Et Al


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 83   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  David RendallAnne Sofie von OtterAlastair Miles
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

“…much of the music is very beautiful…all of it is relentlessly sincere…Colin Davis and his LSO forces deliver a powerful, exciting, totally committed performance from first note to last. Davis obviously, and to his credit, takes the music as seriously as did Elgar himself. Tempos are admirably swift, the demons aptly scary, and the whole buildup to the great Praise to the Holiest chorus is stupendous…The opening of Part Two steals in with positively sublime discretion and sensitivity, a tribute to Davis' keen attention to dynamics and phrasing as much as to Elgar's sensitivity…The sonics are also among the finest to come from this source, with excellent balances between choir and orchestra and plenty of impact…”

- David
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  David Rendall (Tenor), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Alastair Miles (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; England 

Sound Samples

The Dream of Gerontius: Prelude to Part One
The Dream of Gerontius: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death
The Dream of Gerontius: Kyrie eleison... Holy Mary, pray for him
The Dream of Gerontius: Rouse thee, my fainting soul
The Dream of Gerontius: Be merciful, be gracious
The Dream of Gerontius: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus
The Dream of Gerontius: I can no more
The Dream of Gerontius: Rescue him, O Lord
The Dream of Gerontius: Novissima hora est
The Dream of Gerontius: Profisciscere, anima Christiana
The Dream of Gerontius: Go, in the name of Angels and Archangels
The Dream of Gerontius: Prelude to Part Two
The Dream of Gerontius: I went to sleep
The Dream of Gerontius: My work is done
The Dream of Gerontius: Low-born clods of brute earth
The Dream of Gerontius: The mind bold and independent
The Dream of Gerontius: I see not those false spirits
The Dream of Gerontius: Praise to the Holiest
The Dream of Gerontius: Glory to Him
The Dream of Gerontius: But Hark! a grand mysterious harmony
The Dream of Gerontius: And now the threshold as we traverse it
The Dream of Gerontius: Praise to the Holiest in the height
The Dream of Gerontius: Thy judgment is now near
The Dream of Gerontius: Jesu! by that shuddering dread
The Dream of Gerontius: Praise to His name
The Dream of Gerontius: Take me away
The Dream of Gerontius: Lord, thou hast been our refuge
The Dream of Gerontius: Softly and gently, dearly-ransomed soul

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