Choral category Winner
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013
"...I was particularly taken by Brindley Sherratt’s gritty depiction of Judas. Both choral and instrumental work are very fine, and the sound is excellent. The piece itself has many passages of great music and excellent craftsmanship... Elgar fans shoud take note of this fine recording."
Paul L Althouse - American Record Guide - July/August 2013
"... For those looking to approach the work for the first time ... this one probably has the edge; it is in all cases heartily recommended."
James A Altena - Fanfare - July/August 2013
"...Mark Elder conducts with a sure sense of the structure and the style ..."
William R Braun - Opera News - July 2013
" A superb rendition of Elgar’s The Apostles, with Sir Mark Elder conducting the Hallé, The Hallé Choir and the Hallé Youth Choir, with stellar cast ... Elder makes good sense of the work as whole and excellently communicates the dramatic thrust of this great oratorio ..."
EM Marshall-Luck - Spirited - The Gazette of the English Music Festival - December 2013
Recording of the Year & Choral Award
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013
Critics Choice 2012
"...Sir Mark Elder’s thrillingly committed and magisterially paced account of Elgar’s The Apostles with his Hallé forces - a benchmark achievement for all involved."
Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - Christmas Special Issue December 2012
"...A set absolutely not to be missed."
Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - November 2012
"...This is quite simply the best performance ever of The Apostles on disc. Those who enjoyed Elder’s Proms performance and BBC broadcast will find their favourable impressions reinforced, and indeed bettered. Those who found the Boult recording good but not overwhelming will find this an answer to their prayers, with soloists just as good and a much better chorus. Those who like Hickox’s more impetuous approach may find some of Elder’s slower speeds disconcerting, but will I think find that they pay dramatic dividends in the long run. The quality of the recording enables us to hear every detail superbly."
Paul Corfield Godfrey - MusicWeb-International.com - 10 October 2012
Recording of the Month
"...this superb Apostles is a mandatory purchase for all Elgar enthusiasts."
John Quinn - MusicWeb-International.com - August 2012
"... the new Apostles of choice."
Piers Burton-Page - International Record Review - October 2012
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