An Oratorio in Two Parts
English version by W. Bartholomew
Elijah remains, after Handel’s "Messiah", probably the best-loved and most performed choral work, especially in Britain where it became an instant success. This is the first ever complete recording (albeit with some minor cuts), and in its drama, intensity and sheer vitality, as well as the quality of the singing, is still among the best. Made in 1930, this is the first CD re-issue.
“Although seventy-five years old, these mono recordings have been digitally remastered to reveal a thrilling performance of this great dramatic work.”
“...first rate standards of production and repertoire… astoundingly good quality”
"Full marks... Baillie is superb...Parry Jones makes a real impression. Williams is a magnificent colossus of an Elijah. I’d recommend this with pleasure"
“Williams is a magnificent prophet… histrionically exciting and technically accomplished. Baillie is as always fresh-toned with pinpoint attack. The well trained choir is vital and dramatic, as is Robinson’s conducting. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to hear this set.”
John T. Hughes
“...moving and dramatic performance…restored with considerable care”