Elgar, Sir Edward (1857-1934), The Dream of Gerontius, Oratorio for soloists chorus and orchestra, Op.38
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder, Conductor
Paul Groves, Tenor
Sarah Connolly, Mezzo-soprano
Brindley Sherratt, Bass
London Philharmonic Choir
Choir of Clare College Cambridge
Elgar's magnum opus, The Dream of Gerontius, combines technique, brilliant virtuosity, heartfelt passion and inspiring humanity. Indeed, something very meaningful and profound took hold of Elgar as he began work on the piece, which sets Cardinal Newman's poem tracing a man's journey from faithful life to redemptive death.
'These trees are singing my music,' he wrote above the music for his thrilling hymn Praise to the Holiest, 'or have I sung theirs?' A charged Elgar went on to deliver a work of total conviction, for his wife Alice, 'a real message of consolation to the world.'