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  • Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
  • Conductor: Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Gemini
  • ASIN: B0002XV31A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Elijah, Op.70: Introduction: As God the Lord of Israel liveth (Elijah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 1:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Elijah, Op.70: OvertureDame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Elijah, Op.70: No. 1 - Help, Lord! Wilt thou quite destroy us? (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Elijah, Op.70: No. 2 - Lord! Bow Thine ear to our prayer! (chorus, soprano, alto)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Elijah, Op.70: No. 3 - Ye people, rend your hearts (Obadiah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos0:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Elijah, Op.70: No. 4 - If with all your hearts (Obadiah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Elijah, Op.70: No. 5 - Yet doth the Lord see it not (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Elijah, Op.70: No. 6 - Elijah! Get thee hence (Angel I)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos0:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Elijah, Op.70: No. 7 - For He shall give His angels charge over thee (semi-chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Elijah, Op.70: Recit. Now Cherith's brook is dried up (Angel I)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Raf 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Elijah, Op.70: No. 8 - What have I to do with thee? (Widow, Elijah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Elijah, Op.70: No. 9 - Blessed are the men who fear Him (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Elijah, Op.70: No. 10 - As God the Lord of Sabaoth liveth (Elijah, Ahab, chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Elijah, Op.70: No. 11 - Baal, we cry to thee; hear and answer us! (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Elijah, Op.70: No. 12 - Call him louder, for he is a god! (Elijah, chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Elijah, Op.70: No. 13 - Call him louder! He heareth not! (Elijah, chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Elijah, Op.70: No. 14 - Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel! (Elijah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Elijah, Op.70: No. 15 - Cast thy burden upon the Lord (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Elijah, Op.70: No. 16 - O Thou, who makest Thine angels spirits (Elijah, chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Elijah, Op.70: No. 17 - Is not his word like a fire? (Elijah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Elijah, Op.70: No. 18 - Woe unto them who forsake Him! (alto)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Elijah, Op.70: No. 19 - O man of God, help thy people! (Obadiah, Elijah, chorus, Youth)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Elijah, Op.70: No. 20 - Thanks be to God! (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Elijah, Op.70: No. 21 - Hear ye, Israel; hear what the Lord speaketh (soprano)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 6:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Elijah, Op.70: No. 22 - Be not afraid, saith God the Lord (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Elijah, Op.70: No. 23 - The Lord hath exalted thee (Elijah, Queen, chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Elijah, Op.70: No. 24 - Woe to him, he shall perish (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Elijah, Op.70: No. 25 - Man of God, now let my words be precious (Obadiah, Elijah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Elijah, Op.70: No. 26 - It is enough; O Lord take my life (Elijah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 6:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Elijah, Op.70: No. 27 - See, now he sleepeth (tenor)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos0:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Elijah, Op.70: No. 28 - Lift thine eyes to the mountains (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Elijah, Op.70: No. 29 - He, watching over Israel, slumbers not (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Elijah, Op.70: No. 30 - Arise, Elijah, for thou hast a long journey (Angel I, Elijah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Elijah, Op.70: No. 31 - O rest in the Lord (Angel I)Dame Gwyneth Jones/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Elijah, Op.70: No. 32 - He that shall endure to the end, shall be saved (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Elijah, Op.70: No. 33 - Night falleth round me, O Lord! (Elijah, Angel II)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Elijah, Op.70: No. 34 - Behold! God the Lord passed by! (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Elijah, Op.70: No. 35 - Above Him stood the Seraphim (alto, chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Elijah, Op.70: No. 36 - Go, return upon thy way! (chorus, Elijah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Elijah, Op.70: No. 37 - For the mountains shall depart (Elijah)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Elijah, Op.70: No. 38 - Then did Elijah the prophet break forth (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Elijah, Op.70: No. 39 - Then shall the righteous shine forth (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Elijah, Op.70: No. 40 - Behold, God hath sent Elijah (soprano)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Elijah, Op.70: No. 41 - But the Lord from the north hath raised one (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Elijah, Op.70: No. 41a - O come everyone that thirsteth (soprano, alto, tenor, bass)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Elijah, Op.70: No. 42 - And then shall your light break forth (chorus)Dame Gwyneth Jones/Dame Janet Baker/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Simon Woolf/New Philharmonia Chorus/Wilhelm Pitz/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/Russell Burgess/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S W. vanOs on 2 Jun. 2008
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I first bought this Elijah set on old LP records in my first year at university and it positively blew me away. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau comes booming in as the prophet right from the outset and the power of his characterisation of this greatest of the Old Testament prophets holds up for the full duration of the recording. The other thing I liked about this version of the oratorio is the all round clarity of the diction. All of the soloists excel here and the choir is likewise very good even in some of those chorus numbers when there is an awful lot going on both vocally and with the orchestra. The price for this album is an absolute snip, so why pay more when this recording will clearly continue to give value for years to come.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. oconnor on 14 May 2009
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This may be an old, pre-digital, recording, but then it contains old, pre-digital, masters of their craft. Fischer-Diskau, Gedda, Baker; what more could you ask for? It is a recording that others are only compared to. And really good value too! 100% recommendation for those with a taste for oratorios.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. HOLMES on 21 Aug. 2009
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I have known and loved this performance for so many years now and never heard it performed better. A top line-up of the finest singers and chorus from the 1960's. Dietrich Fischer-Diskau, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Gwyneth Jones, et al. It cannot possibly be superseded. This has to be my personal default performance of this lyrical work from one of my favourite composers. A snip at this price. Buy it, you'll like it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. P. Sewell on 24 April 2013
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What a superb recording of Mendelssohn's Elijah!
It brought back such wonderful memories for me, of hearing it live in the Royal Festival Hall in London in June 1968, the evening before this recording was to be made.
My seat was about four rows back from the stage and on the same level as Deitrich Fischer-Dieskau. At the time, I had a friend who was a volunteer steward and let me mingle behind stage afterwards and so meet all the participants.- - all speaking German!
A magical experience which I was able to enjoy again not lond after, when I was given a set of the records as soon as they came out later. Now brilliantly digitally remastered to make this new CD edition, which when originally recorded was acclaimed as 'An Ideal Elijah' with the soloists, Choir and orchestra at their peak. 'It is enough' with cello is my all time favourite moment as it gathers the full scope of Elijah's feelings although all taking part give it their all to thrilling effect. Elijah lives!
The quality of the recording is as good as being there - almost - and can be enjoyed over and over again - especially if the volume can be turned up - without disturbing the neighbours too much!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Felix T. Marr on 2 Nov. 2011
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Surprisingly it is the German and Swede who show up our Welsh soprano how to sing clear, impeccable English. Fischer-Dieskau has got his notes and interpretation right but it is too much lieder-singing for my liking. Also, essentially his is still a lyric baritone, albeit sizable in terms of volume, so he lacks the darkness at the bottom and robustness at the top that a genuine bass-baritone can command but nonetheless his singing has nobility and is most expressive throughout. Gedda is by far the best tenor, combining perfect diction with beautiful legato, and the forward placement of his voice gives out the brilliance and clarity, easily putting all his counter-parts in every other set to shame. Baker is simply born for the part, and what makes it special is the quiet radiance having so much warmth, with supreme diction, lovely legato and great feeling throughout. Jones is the weakest link - lovely voice but wooly with her words, and at times her approach shows she is an operatic rather than a genuine oratorio singer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jose G. on 23 April 2009
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I specially like all the singers.
Frübeck de Burgos is masterful and the value for money of this double CD is outstanding.
J.A.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Numero Uno on 9 Mar. 2011
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I bought this after trying to live for some years with an "Elijah" dully conducted by Kurt Masur with second-rate singers. This reading of Burgos's is gripping from the start. The choir was trained by Wilhelm Pitz and was one of the world's finest at the time and it sings with fervour and feeling. Fischer-Dieskau is wonderfully resonant and authoritative as the Prophet. It is great to hear Gwynneth Jones's beautiful voice on record, a too-rare occurrence. Janet Baker sings in a hushed almost otherwordly way and with her usual sense of style. Gedda is perhaps the most impressive of all with his rich voice and impeccable diction: you can hear absolutely every word. The performance, incidentally, is in English and fits the music perfectly. England has in any case virtually adopted this work.
I have absolutely no complaints about the recorded sound. It doesn't sound old to me. It is true that in a modern digital recording the choir might be slightly more in focus. Otherwise, there is plenty of depth and bloom to the sound and certainly no trace of background hiss.
A stirring, uplifting, moving masterpiece at a giveaway price. What more could you want?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laymin on 1 Nov. 2013
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I first encountered this recording on Viynl and now it is my chosen version on CD.

For the soloists the amazing Janet Baker's "Oh rest in the Lord" is heart touching. The Jones soprano is a bit thin but still bautiful. Gedda is fine. But Ficsher - Dieskau makes it, a natural Elijah giving drama and passion whenever it is needed, esp as the Baal contest gets progressively hotter and when Elijah is in the pits of despair. Is it the German accent giving it that tempremental and guteral quality.?

The choruses are sung with real expression. The 2 dramatic ones in part 2, Behold God the Lord, and Then Did Elijah the Propher, are on the edge of seat material, especially in the latters musical climax, as the fiery chariots appear.

Maybe it is an old recording, but I still feel it is superb.
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