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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius Import


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  • Performer: Elgar, Anne Sofie von Otter, David Rendall, Alastair Miles, London Symphony Orchestra, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Lso Live UK
  • ASIN: B000GPI2BS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,810 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Jesu, Maria - I am near to death (Gerontius)
3. Kyre elesion . . . Holy Mary, pray for him (semi-chorus, chorus)
4. Rouse thee, my fainting soul (Gerontius)
5. Be merciful, be gracious (chorus)
6. Santus fortis, Santus Deus (Gerontius)
7. I can no more (Gerontius)
8. Rescue him, O Lord (Gerontius, chorus, semi-chorus)
9. Novissima hora est (Gerontius)
10. Profisciscere, anima Christiana (Priest)
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Prelude
2. I went to sleep (Soul of Gerontius)
3. My work is done (Angel, Soul)
4. Low-born clods of brute earth (chorus, Angel)
5. The mind bold and independent (chorus)
6. I see not those false spirits (Soul, Angel)
7. Praise to the Holiest (semi-chorus, Angel, chorus)
8. Glory to Him (chorus, Angel, Soul)
9. But Hark! a grand mysterous harmony (Soul)
10. And now the threshold as we traverse it (Angel)
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Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius is one of those works in which the composer's sincerity and skill overcome a text laden with a surfeit of Victorian sentimentality. Although Elgar occasionally sinks into its purple patches, Gerontius contains some of his loveliest music. It can withstand different interpretive slants too, from Barbirolli's operatic approach to the more traditional English oratorio approach of Boult. Sir Colin Davis's exciting conducting is of their caliber, bringing direction and power to the dramatic sections and sensitive delicacy to the rest. He has a close rapport with the LSO and they play like angels here, while the orchestra's Chorus is superb, singing with conviction. Although the main singers (Rendall and van Otter) are no match for the likes of Nicolai Gedda (with Boult) and Richard Lewis (for Barbirolli) in the title role or Janet Baker (with Barbirolli), Alastair Miles scores in the bass role. This is a live concert recording and the presence and balances are as good as those usually obtained in ideal studio conditions. --Dan Davis

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bill on February 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have waited for this recording for over 20 years. Having heard Davis perform Gerontius with Jessye Norman and Stuart Burrows in Boston in the early 80s, I could never understand why a conductor of such talent and sensitivity was never recorded in this work. In this LSO Live recording, Davis does not disappoint, bringing a performance of extraordinary perception and beauty. His conducting matches the drama and spirituality of Boult's 1970s reading, in my view--the best-conducted of stereo versions. That version is highly recommended, as well as Hickox's Chandos version, which has superb sound. The fifth star is missing from this because the sound provided by LSO Live lacks the last ounce of depth and atmosphere. Compare The LSO Live Elgar 1st Symphony and that released by Profil from Dresden--both conducted by Davis--and you'll hear that the Barbican, ultimately, is not the most hospitable recording venue. That said, the engineers have done the best they can. The chorus sounds rich and full under the circumstances, and, as with Davis's Peter Grimes, they are deeply involved in the proceedings, further justifying the purchase of this version. David Rendall, an excellent and fluid Mozart singer of the 1980s, has since taken on heavier roles and substituted for Ben Heppner at the last moment in this run of performances. He gives a highly-nuanced and credible reading, preferable in some ways to Nicolai Gedda (certainly preferable, to my ears, to Peter Pears), but not quite as vocally pure as Arthur Davies' performance on Chandos. A bigger disappointment is in Von Otter's reading, as her voice lacks the contralto depth and richness this role requires. Her intelligence, however, and sensitivity cannot be questioned.Read more ›
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 25, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Come on, I really need this CD to help me study the music. Could I actually get it some time this year?
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harald Ludvig Stegen on May 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Frist of all this was an exellent CD. with very gooood artists and courus. This record was impossible to buy in Norway
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2 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Barely Literate on September 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have ordered but not received this set and clearly am not qualified to

denote five stars. Please pardon the effrontery, but I feel confident that Sir Colin Davies, London Philharmonic and soloists will justify my blind (deaf?) faith.

I am recommending Elgar's Dream of Gerontius to all who seek and appreciate the sublime beauty of this music.

I have the 1988 recording, Chandos 8641/2 (London Symphony, Hickox) and rate it exquisite. Further, approximately twelve years ago, I had the great fortune to stumble across a live concert in Ely Cathedral: a momentous event.

My apologies for not being able to give a product-specific review.
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