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HL 7526

Elgar - The Kingdom

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2011

Originally recorded in 2011


Hallé Orchestra

Mark Elder

Iain Paterson

baritone (St Peter)

Susan Bickley

mezzo-soprano (Mary Magdalene)

Claire Rutter

soprano (The Blessed Virgin Mary)

John Hudson

tenor (St John)

Hallé Choir


The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

17 Oct 2009


Steve Portnoi

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 94:13
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The Kingdom, Op.51

1 Prelude 9:31
  I In the Upper Room  
2 Seek first the Kingdom of God 8:08
3 Men and brethren 5:31
4 O ye priests 4:01
  II At the Beautiful Gate  
5 The singers are before the altar 5:10
  III Pentecost  
6 And when the day of Pentecost 5:09
7 And suddenly there came from heaven 4:42
8 I have prayed for thee 9:40
9 Repent and be baptized 5:55
  IV The Sign of Healing  
10 Then they that gladly received his word 6:30
11 Unto you that fear his name 2:51
12 And as they spake 1:05
13 The sun goeth down 8:54
  V The Upper Room  
14 The voice of Joy 6:02
15 Thou, Almighty Lord 5:36
16 Our Father 5:28

“Right from the start of the Jerusalem Prelude the musicians displayed real urgency and that supple response to every orchestral thrust and sigh that only committed Elgarians such as the Hallé can command... nothing budged the wonderful glow of the Hallé sound, the orchestra’s mastery of Elgar’s moods — from full Edwardian regalia to delicately scored rapture — or Elder’s endless understanding of the composer’s heart and soul.”  - The Times review of Bridgewater Hall concert 17th October 2009

Live recording of Elgar’s last oratorio, taken from the acclaimed 2009 performance at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

With a text by the composer, and music which is at turns lyrical, mystical and magical, The Kingdom is ecstatic in its glorious choral depiction of the events.

"...Especially noteworthy is the solo singing, some of the mos exquisite he [Elgar] ever wrote, as lyrical as any of his many wonderful songs. So consequently the soloists are vitally important, and this is a very fine group... For those who love Elgar or this work, this new release will fill the shelf nicely."   ***½

Steven Ritter - Audiophile Audition - 27 March 2012

    Winner of the Choral section of the 2011 Gramophone Awards 2011

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