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  • Performer: Hallé Choir, Claire Rutter (soprano), Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano), John Hudson (tenor), Iain Paterson (baritone), et al.
  • Orchestra: Hallé
  • Conductor: Sir Mark Elder
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hallé
  • ASIN: B00454TWYM
  • Other Editions: Paperback
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Live recording of Elgar's last oratorio, taken from the acclaimed 2009 performance at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

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And nothing budged the wonderful glow of the Hallé's sound, the orchestra's mastery of Elgar's moods... or Elder's endless understanding of the composer's heart and soul. --The Times on the Hallé's performance, 17 October 2009

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Elgar's Kingdom is often damned with faint praise by critics- and occasionally just damned. It's a very different work from The Dream of Gerontius- slower, stately and psychologically understated. In terms of plot, a cursory glance might suggest that very little actually happens apart from the fiery descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and a brief healing of a lame man. After that, Peter and John get arrested, they escape, and have dinner. And that's it- no astounding visions of heaven, no demons, just lots of devout meditation. It starts in a nondescript upper room with communal prayers, and ends with the same people praying together.

No wonder people can find it preachy and stodgy; in some ways, it's the last gasp of the Victorian oratorio tradition exemplified by the dubious delights of John Stainer's "Crucifixion" and Maunder's "Olivet to Calvary". But that's perfect for Elgar's message: the Kingdom is all about little miracles, and the effects that they have on ordinary people. The previously tongue-tied Peter gains eloquence; a lame man leaps up and walks (and scuttles off in a wonderful bit of orchestral colour), the disciples find joy in their eating together and common life. The more episodic, chorus-by-chorus structure brings out the message that the Kingdom of God usually grows by unexpected little events, not by vast flashes and revelations. It's a slightly unconventional message- but Elgar's flickering reliious faith was unconventional even while it lasted.

In this recording, the Halle orchestra play with resplendent rich tone; the soloists, while not quite as starry as in the Halle's Dream of Gerontius, acquit themselves admirably.
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This is a truly great recording. I didn't know The Kingdom before purchasing it but thoroughly enjoyed Elder's accounts of Gerontius and the symphonies. This Oratorio is a revelation! Well worth buying!

Some very memorable Elgar moments, right from the Overture that is packed full of the big themes, to the 'Repent and Be Baptised' chorus at the end of the first CD, to the anthemic 'The Voice of Joy', right through to the quiet closing moments.

Highly recommended!
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I used this to familiarise myself with the score as my music group were giving a performance. The recording is terrific -the music for Thr Day of Pentecost quite spinetingling. Doesn't get nearly enough attention compared with the Dream of Gerontius" with which it compares very well.
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wonderful music superbly performed; orchestrally splendid
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