The Dream of Gerontius
Edward Gardner conducts Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius' with Christine Rice, Paul Groves and Neal Davies, Clare College Choir and the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
The Dream of Gerontius, one of the most moving works in the choral repertory, is based on a poem by the Catholic Cardinal (now Saint) John Henry Newman which tells the story of the dying Gerontius's soul as it passes from life into death, from judgement to purgatory. Elgar imagined Gerontius as a man like us with all his worldly sins, brought before God for judgement. He poured his heart into the work, throughout the score his great mastery of orchestration and choral writing is on display and it is for good reason that Elgar wrote at the end of his manuscript 'This is the best of me..this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory.'
Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
Angel ..... Christine Rice (mezzo soprano)
Gerontius ..... Paul Groves (tenor)
Priest/Angel of the Agony ..... Neal Davies (bass)
Choir of Clare College Cambridge
London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)
Performance given in March 2011 at The Royal Festival Hall.
Photo: Edward Gardner credit Benjamin Ealogvega
- Tue 14 Apr 2020 19:30