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Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius - John Hancock (baritone); Michelle Breedt (mezzo-soprano); Peter Auty (tenor); Collegium Vocale (choir, chorus);...
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  1. The Dream of Gerontius, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 38
  2. Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
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Edward Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius is not everyone's cup of tea, with its gigantism and its massive recitatives of Catholic doctrine. But it hangs on, and from the beginning it has had adherents beyond Britain. The work tells the story of a soul's passage into death. Elgar objected to the term oratorio, and he was right: it's more of a giant cantata. The protagonist, Gerontius, is an ordinary individual; he is sung by a tenor, and there are solo parts for an angel (a mezzo-soprano), a priest (a baritone), and an Angel of ...

Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius 2013, PentaTone Classics

UPC: 827949047268