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The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius

Sakari Oramo, a passionate Elgarian, conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus plus a trio of soloists in Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.

Sakari Oramo, a passionate Elgarian, conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus plus a superb trio of soloists in Elgar's greatest oratorio, The Dream of Gerontius.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Recorded at the Barbican Hall, London, on 16 May.

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Skelton (Tenor)
Alan Ewing (Bass)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
SAKARI ORAMO (Conductor)

Sir Edward Elgar's strong Roman Catholic faith drew him to a text by Cardinal Newman which explores the journey of man's soul through death, divine judgement and Purgatory. It contains some of his greatest music and caused Richard Strauss to raise a glass, saying 'I drink to the success and welfare of the first English progressive musician, Meister Elgar'. The BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra won a Gramophone Choral Award in 2015 for their recording of Gerontius.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius part 1

    Performer: Alice Coote. Performer: Stuart Skelton. Performer: Alan Ewing. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius part 2

    Performer: Alice Coote. Performer: Stuart Skelton. Performer: Alan Ewing. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Edward Elgar

    Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 84

    Performer: John Ogdon. Ensemble: Allegri String Quartet.
    • EMI.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody in B minor, Op 79 No 1

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • DECCA.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus

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