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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2010



Mark Elder

Alice Coote


Paul Groves


Bryn Terfel

Priest/Angel of the Agony

Hallé Choir & Hallé Youth Choir- James Burton Choral Director


The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester


Simon Eadon

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 94:09
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The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38


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  CD 1  
1 I Prelude 10:36
2 I Jesu, Maria - I am near to death 3:09
3 I Kyrie eleison... Holy Mary, pray for him 2:12
4 I Rouse thee, my fainting soul 4:14
5 I Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus 4:55
6 I I can no more 5:36
7 I Proficisere, anima Christiana 6:33
  CD 2  

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1 II Introduction 1:41
2 II I went to sleep 4:14
3 II My work is done 2:08
4 II It is a member of that family 5:55
5 II But hark!... Low-born clods of brute earth 1:39
6 II Dispossessed, aside thrust 4:18
7 II I see not those false spirits 1:44
8 II There was a mortal... Praise to the Holiest 5:15
9 II But hark! a grand mysterious harmony 1:20
10 II Praise to the Holiest 7:49
11 II Thy judgment now is near 2:05
12 II Jesu! By that shuddering dread 6:09
13 II ...Praise to His Name!... Take me away 5:47
14 II Softly and gently 6:50
 Alice Coote Angel
 Paul Groves Gerontius
 Bryn Terfel Priest/Angel of the Agony
 Mark Elder
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
Elgar's late masterpiece is an extraordinary work full of drama and passion alongside exquisite music of sublime delicacy. It is a moving expression of the composer's personally unorthodox religious faith and a poignant reflection on the journey of a man through death, depicted in striking writing for choir, orchestra and soloists.

'This is the best of me ... this I saw and knew; this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory.'
From John Ruskin's 'Sesame and Lilies', quoted by Elgar at the completion of the full score of Gerontius, August 1900

Recording made following sell-out concert which was rapturously recieved Star-studded cast of soloists - Terfel, Coote and Groves - whose performances were universally applauded

’If you were looking to enter the Kingdom, you would desperately hope this guy [Terfel] nods you through’ - The Guardian

Highly acclaimed performances of major choral role in the work from Halle Choir and Youth Choir (semi-chorus), described in the concert performance as being ’almost unbelievably fine’ - Manchester Evening News

Conductor Mark Elder was Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, June 2008

Landmark release to celebrate Halle’s 150th Anniversary

Continues the series of highly regarded Elder recordings by Elder and Halle




                                     Winner of Classic FM Gramophone Choral Award - 2009




“Mark Elder’s interpretation with the Hallé orchestra and choir evaded characterisation, though he stamps his dramatic instincts all over the piece.  It is either a religious tone poem or a spiritual opera, either way the effect is frequently cataclysmic” 

The Guardian

“Nothing has charted the rise of the Hallé over the eight years that Mark Elder has been their music director more graphically than their outstanding series of Elgar recordings, which reach a new level with this set... a quite remarkable all-round achievement.” 

Andrew Clements

The Guardian

“The other great quality of Sir Mark’s interpretation is that he presents Gerontius as drama.  The care for building the musical and tonal shape of the work ... stood out in every phrase.” 

Manchester Evening News

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