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Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius / Barbirolli, Baker, Et Al


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 73579   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerKim BorgRichard Lewis
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian SingersHallé OrchestraHallé Orchestra Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'The Dream of Gerontius' is probably Edward Elgar's masterpiece and certainly one of the glories of the English oratorio tradition. A setting of Cardinal Newman's poem about a man's death and the journey of his soul toward heaven, it is one of the most heartwarming affirmations of faith and salvation in all of music and also a work of great intensity and passion, influenced by both Mahler and Italian opera. Several great British conductors have left their mark on 'Gerontius,' but none was more strongly associated with it than Sir John Barbirolli, who directed it many times before making this famous recording, which he regarded as a testament of his own faith, in 1964. While Barbirolli's Halle Orchestra and the combined choirs distinguish Read more themselves mightily, the crowning asset of this vividly dramatic reading is Janet Baker's glowing performance as the Angel, a breath of life which makes an already powerful experience unforgettable. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Soprano), Kim Borg (Bass), Richard Lewis (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra Chorus  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1964 
Venue:  Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England 
Length: 98 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part I: Prelude (Lento, mistico - Moderato - Andantino - Come prima)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part I: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death (Gerontius)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part I: So pray for me...Kyrie eleison...Holy Mary, pray for him (Gerontius, semi-chorus, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part I: Rouse thee, my fainting soul...Be merciful (Gerontius, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part I: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus (Gerontius)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part I: I can no more...Rescue him, O Lord (Gerontius, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part I: Noe from the waters...Novissima hora est (semi-chorus, chorus, Gerontius)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part I: Proficiscere, anima Christiana (Priest)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part I: Go in the name of Angels (chorus, Priest, semi-chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: (Andantino)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: I went to sleep (Soul of Gerontius)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: Another marvel...My work is done (Soul, Angel)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: It is a member of that family...A presage falls upon thee (Angel, Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: But hark!...Low-born clods of brute earth (Soul, Angel, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: Dispossessed, aside thrust (chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: I see not those false spirits (Soul, Angel)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: There was a mortal......Praise to the Holiest (Angel, semi-chorus, chorus, Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: But hark! a grand mysterious harmony (Soul, Angel, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: Thy judgment now is near (Angel, Soul)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: Jesu! by that shuddering dread (Angel of the Agony, Soul, semi-chorus, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: Praise to His Name!...Take me away (Angel, Soul, chorus)
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (1999 Digital Remaster), Part II: Softly and gently (Angel, chorus, semi-chorus)

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