" ... very strongly recommended."
Martin Anderson - Fanfare - January/February 1999
Performance ***** Recording ****
"...A perfectly paced account from Richard Hickox, with superb orchestral contribution and sensational sound quality."
Yorkshire Post - July 1998
"... Vaughan Williams’s scoring demands much of the orchestra’s principal players, and the quality of the Royal Opera’s line-up - horn, trumpet and clarinet especially - is near celestial."
Classic FM Magazine - August 1998
"...it is among the most absorbing discs I’ve ever been sent for review ... Gerald Finley gives the performance of several lifetimes in the title role ... this is life-enhancing music..."
Michael White - Independent on Sunday - 24 May 1998
"... this Chandos set is an all-round winner ..."
Michael Kennedy - The Sunday Telegraph - 17 May 1998
"... The orchestra and chorus respond ardently to Richard Hickox’s enlightened direction. Worth every penny."
Fiona Maddocks - The Observer - 3 May 1998
"... A revelation."
Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times - 10 May 1998
Performance **** Sound *****
"... a fine performance..."
Michael Scott Rohan - Classic CD - July 1998
Performance ***** Sound *****
"...Hickox’s skills in drawing together the various threads of large-scale vocal works are well-known, and here he finds the right balance between the work’s operatic form and its oratorio tendencies: the drama may sometimes be statice but the music never is. .. with Gerald Finley an exemplary, earnest Pilgrim; he is joined by a vast company of telling cameos from the likes of Mark Padmore, Rebecca Evans and Pamela Helen Stephen."
Matthew Rye - BBC Music Magazine - July 1998
’Classical CD of the Week’
"... Hickox’s performance is a convincing affirmation of the score’s power, and certainly outdoes the onlu other complete recording in the catalogue conducted by Adrian Boult, for intensity and spiritual depth..." *****
The Guardian - 1 May 1998
The Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestras are conducted by Richard Hickox in a thrilling 1998 recording with a cast that has Peter Coleman-Wright as John Bunyan and Gerald Finley as The Pilgrim.
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