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  • Performer: Collegium Vocale Gent, Peter Auty, Michelle Breedt, John Hancock
  • Orchestra: Royal Flemish Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Edo de Waart
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Pentatone Classics
  • ASIN: B00CZ9CMEG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part I: PreludeMichelle Breedt 9:33Album Only
  2. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part I: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death (Gerontius)Michelle Breedt 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part I: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)Michelle Breedt 5:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part I: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus (Gerontius)Michelle Breedt 7:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part I: Rescue him, O Lord (Chorus)Michelle Breedt 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part I: Profiscere, anima Christiana (The Priest)Michelle Breedt 6:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: AndantinoMichelle Breedt 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: I went to sleep (The Soul of Gerontius)Michelle Breedt12:08Album Only
  9. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: Low-born clods of brute earth (Chorus)Michelle Breedt 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: I see not those false spirits (The Soul of Gerontius, The Angel)Michelle Breedt 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: Praise to the Holiest (Chorus, Angel)Michelle Breedt 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: And now the threshold - Praise to the Holiest (Angel, Chorus)Michelle Breedt 7:51£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: The judgment now is near (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)Michelle Breedt 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: Jesu! By that shuddering dread (The Angel of the Agony)Michelle Breedt 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: I go before my Judge - Be merciful, o Lord (The Soul of Gerontius, Angel, Chorus)Michelle Breedt 6:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (Chorus)Michelle Breedt 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Part II: Angel's Farewell (Angel, Chorus)Michelle Breedt 6:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55: I. Andante nobilmente e semplice - AllegroRoyal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra19:17Album Only
  7. Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55: II. Allegro moltoRoyal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra 7:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55: III. AdagioRoyal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra11:24Album Only
  9. Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55: IV. Lento - AllegroRoyal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra12:23Album Only

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The Dream of Gerontius is widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work,and some consider it his masterpiece.The work has become as popular with British choral societies as Messiah and Elijah.The work is coupled on this album with Elgar's Symphony no.1 which makes this a well filled 2 SA-CD set.The Dream of Gerontius has not been released on SA-CD before.So for the true SA-CD aficionado this is a must buy.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James B. Vaughan on 3 Feb. 2014
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I have half a dozen versions of "Gerontius" on CD—Colin Davis/LSO; Barbirolli/Halle; Boult/New Philharmonia; Hickox/LSO; Elder/Halle; and Gibson/RSNO, and the latter is easily on a level with all of the others I mentioned (the Colin Davis is my least favourite of the batch). All three soloists in Sir Alexander's version are superb. The more I listen to it the more I have become convinced that "Gerontius" is Elgar's masterpiece. This is a recording that will not disappoint. A bonus is a lighter and less-known but most pleasant work of Elgar's for brass instruments, "The Severn Suite".
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cowdell on 24 Feb. 2014
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Firstly this IS a review of the de Waart recording.

I listened to this set in reverse order - Symphony no.1 first and then The Dream of Gerontius. The major problem with both works is the blandness of it all. Take the Symphony, one of the greatest ever composed and, when played well it, like the Second Symphony, goes into some very dark places indeed, no (or very little) Victorian and Edwardian grandeur about this music (maybe I'm being a bit biassed having just heard an astonishing performance in Symphony Hall, Birmingham recently conducted by Ed Gardner). Here it all comes out a bit samey and monochrome particularly in the inner movements. The Scherzo just goes along, but there's no terror in it so the contrast between the nightmarish march music and the peaceful music inspired by the River Wye is lost. The gorgeous slow movement (one of the greatest ever written) is similar. This movement contains some of the most emotional music - full of sadness and regret - that Elgar ever wrote, yet here it just sounds like a 'lovely dream' meandering on it's way. The final bars just do not send a shiver down the spine that, for instance, Barbirolli's Kings Lynn performance does. The outer movements are slightly better.
Turning to the performance of 'Gerontius' the same problems surface. Yes it's well played and sung, though I would have welcomed a darker voice for the Priest/Angel of the Agony (Roderick Williams is fabulous in this part)and Peter Auty sounds uncomfortable on occasion, but, again, it's just too dry and emotionless for my liking. Take for instance the two 'big' male-voice moments in Part 1 - Gerontius's "Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus......." (fig.40) and the Priest's "Profiscere, anima Christiana,....." (fig.69) two passages which usually send shivers up my spine.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Boz1 on 13 May 2009
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There have been some wonderful recordings of this work but my favourites are this one and the Vienna version in German from the Elgar Society. Alfreda Hodgson, Robert Tear and Ben Luxon are as good as any of their rivals and the recording is clear and full. Sir Alexander Gibson is clearly fully in sympathy with the piece. I had the LPs for many years and was delighted to be able to buy the CD version.
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