"Hickox's superior Elgarian credentials are immediately established in the glorious orchestral "Meditation", where his conducting demonstrates a noble flexibility, sensitivity to dynamic nuance and feeling for climax that are wholly beguiling. Equally, the Chandos production team see to it that the familiar Elgarian 'glow'-.-a component largely missing from Sir Charles Groves's rival Liverpool recording—is in generous supply; indeed, the engineering, sumptuous yet nicely detailed, comes close to the ideal. The LSO respond for their Associate Conductor with playing that is both warm-hearted and alert; as ever, the London Symphony Chorus contribute to proceedings in exemplary, splendidly disciplined fashion..."
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Gramophone, (From the original 1993 release.)
This re-release of The Light of Life by Sir Edward Elgar forms part of the new Hickox Legacy commemorative series on Chandos Records, leading up to (and continuing beyond) the fifth anniversary, in Nov 2013, of the conductor’s untimely death.
The Light of Life, an oratorio for soprano, contralto, tenor, and baritone soloists, full choir and orchestra, is a lesser-known but imposing work by the composer who brought us the mighty Dream of Gerontius. The story concerns the blind beggar whose sight Christ restored. The words are taken from the Gospel of St John, with additions by the Reverend Edward Capel Cure.
Elgar proposed to call this his first oratorio Lux Christi, but his publishers persuaded him to provide an English title: as the work was written with the 1896 Three Choirs Festival at Worchester in mind, the concern was that an Anglican cathedral festival might detect a Roman Catholic bias… Elgar complied, and the work was given the more suitable title by which we know it today.
Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus were joined on this recording by the soloists Judith Howarth, Linda Finnie, Arthur Davies, and John Shirley-Quirk.
The Light of Life, Op. 29by Sir Edward Elgar Performer:
Linda Finnie (Mezzo Soprano),
John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone),
Judith Howarth (Soprano),
Arthur Davies (Tenor)
London Symphony Orchestra,
London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1896; England Language: English
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Meditation
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Chorus and Solo: Seek Him that maketh the seven stars (Chorus, Tenor)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Recitative and Chorus: As Jesus passed by (Contralto, Women's Chorus)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Solo: Be not extreme, O Lord (Soprano)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Solo: Neither hath this man sinned (Baritone)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Light out of darkness (Chorus)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Recitative: And when He had thus spoken (Contralto, Baritone)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Women's Chorus: Doubt not thy Father's care! (Chorus)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Solo and Chorus: He went his way therefore (Contralto, Tenor, Chorus)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Solo: As a spirit didst Thou pass before mine eyes (Tenor)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Recitative and Chorus: They brought him to the Pharisees (Contralto, Tenor, Chorus)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Solo: Thou only hast the words of life (Contralto)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Soli and Chorus: But the Jews did not believe (Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Chorus)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Solo and Women's Chorus: Woe to the shepherds of the flock (Soprano, Women's Chorus)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Recitative and Soli: Jesus heard that they had cast him out (Contralto, Tenor, Baritone)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Solo: I am the Good Shepherd (Baritone)
The Light of Life, Op. 29: Light of the World, we know Thy praise (Chorus)
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Elgar remains superbOctober 13, 2012By J D Blatchford (Mill Valley, CA)See All My Reviews"This recording adds to my collection of compositions by one of my favorite composers."Report Abuse