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Prom 37 - Elgar's The Apostles

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 23 August 2012

With Louise Fryer
Mark Elder conducts the Hallé and a distinguished cast of singers in one of the English choral tradition's major works: Elgar's dramatic and Biblical oratorio The Apostles. Elgar explores the inner feelings of Judas Iscariot with dramatic intensity, and Christ's anguished cry from the cross becomes a wordless lament.

Elgar conceived the idea for The Apostles as a schoolboy, but the project came to fruition only in 1903 - after both The Dream of Gerontius and a visit to Bayreuth to hear Wagner's The Ring and Parsifal.

Presented by Martin Handley

Elgar: The Apostles

Rebecca Evans (Soprano - The Angel Gabriel / The Blessed Virgin Mary)
Alice Coote (Mezzo-Soprano - Mary Magdalene / Narrator 2)
Paul Groves (Tenor - St John / Narrator 1)
Jacques Imbrailo (Baritone - Jesus)
Clive Bayley (Bass - Judas)
David Kempster (Baritone - St Peter)
Musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester (Chorus of Apostles)
Hallé Choir
Hallé Youth Choir
London Philharmonic Choir
Mark Elder (Conductor).

Music Played

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for mandolin and orchestra(RV.425)in C major, 1st movement

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