On impulse I bought this recording and listened to it today. I have been a fan of Elgar's choral music for many years, but have not heard "The Dream of Gerontius" for a long time. I gave up transferring my old LPs to digital as a waste of time and threw them in the dumpster. I liked the sound of this recording which made me feel like I was in the concert hall. Sometimes recordings are rich in sound to the point that I wonder if someone was playing with the levels, giving it an artificial feeling.
I liked the performance of both works. Normally I would not think of Ashkenazy for choral music, but this performance was as good as any of the others I use to have on vinyl. This is also a newer recording from 2008.