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Elgar: The Apostles / Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Elgar / Hargan / Hodgson / Rendall / Terfel / Lloy
Release Date: 08/26/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 24149  
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Alison HarganAlfreda HodgsonDavid RendallStephen Roberts,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Inspiration for The Apostles came at an early age for Elgar who, as a child, was fascinated to learn about Christ’s disciples, ordinary men who witness the most extraordinary events. A commission from the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival gave him the opportunity to explore this theme and in 1903 Elgar wrote The Apostles, the first in a planned trilogy of works depicting the lives of Jesus’ disciples (the third, intended to follow The Kingdom, never materialised). A narrative work, it deals with the calling of the disciples and their experiences of Jesus’ preaching, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.

An expansive oratorio, The Apostles calls for six soloists, lavish orchestration, and large chorus.
Read more Although often overshadowed by The Dream of Gerontius, written shortly before, it contains some of Elgar’s most inspired music, particularly in the dramatic portrayal of Judas and in the exalted, moving finale.

Richard Hickox, a true champion of British music, conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The two most prominent roles, Mary Magdalene and Judas, are sung by Alfreda Hodgson and Robert Lloyd, respectively. The recording also features an outstanding performance from a young Bryn Terfel as Peter. The set is released as part of the Richard Hickox Legacy series.
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Works on This Recording

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The Apostles, Op. 49 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Alison Hargan (Soprano), Alfreda Hodgson (Alto), David Rendall (Tenor),
Stephen Roberts (Baritone), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Robert Lloyd (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; England 

Sound Samples

The Apostles, Op. 49: Prologue (Chorus)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: And it came to pass in those days (Tenor)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: The voice of Thy watchman
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: Shofar
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: And when it was day, He called unto Him His disciples (Tenor)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: Blessed are the poor in spirit (Jesus)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship (Tenor)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: O Lord Almighty, God of Israel (Mary Magdalene)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: This shall ye have of Mine hand (Mary Magdalene)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: When Jesus came into the parts of Cæsarea Philippi (Tenor)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: Thy face, Lord, will I seek (Mary Magdalene)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part I: Turn you to the stronghold (Chorus)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: Introduction
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: And it came to pass that He went throughout every city and village (Tenor)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: Then gathered the chief Priests and Pharisees a council (Tenor and Bass)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: Hail, Master! (Judas)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: Thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: Then Judas, which had betrayed Him (Contralto)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? (Judas)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: Truly this was the Son of God (Chorus)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: And very early in the morning they came unto the sepulchre ... (Contralto)
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: We trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel
The Apostles, Op. 49: Part II: And when He had spoken these things (Contralto)

Customer Reviews

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 An Epic Masterwork. November 21, 2014 By Joseph  Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "In this recording of The Apostles we are exposed to the depth and breath of Elgar's creative spirit. His music is fully English but with a reverence for the Wagnerian. Here we have a work that is deeply vast and moving. Credit must go not just to Elgar for the creation of this epic work but also to Richard Hickox for his masterful command of the music and of the huge forces necessary to present this work. The soloists are well chosen and suited to their roles and the chorus and orchestra are exemplary in their performance under Hickox's leadership. This is a welcome addition to the library of great English music and composers." Report Abuse
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