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The Dream of Gerontius
Edward Elgar

Gabrieli Consort

The Dream of Gerontius

Price: € 22.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212078525
Catnr: SIGCD 785
Release date: 26 April 2024
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212078525
Catalogue number
SIGCD 785
Release date
26 April 2024
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Artist(s)
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About the album

The Dream of Gerontius by Edward Elgar is a two-part work for voices and orchestra composed in 1900 to text by John Henry Newman. Widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work, and by some his masterpiece, Gabrieli’s first-class performance, and McCreesh’s superb interpretation demonstrate why their recordings are seen as some of the best in classical music today.

Artist(s)

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Gabrieli are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day. Founded by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli have both outgrown and remained true to their original identity: whilst the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded beyond any expectation, McCreesh’s ever-questioning spirit, expressive musicianship and a healthy degree of iconoclasm remain constant and are reflected in the ensemble’s dynamic performances. Gabrieli’s repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programmes and mould-breaking reconstructions of music for historical events. Above all, Gabrieli aims to create thought-provoking performances which stand out from the crowd.
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Gabrieli are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day. Founded by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli have both outgrown and remained true to their original identity: whilst the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded beyond any expectation, McCreesh’s ever-questioning spirit, expressive musicianship and a healthy degree of iconoclasm remain constant and are reflected in the ensemble’s dynamic performances. Gabrieli’s repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programmes and mould-breaking reconstructions of music for historical events. Above all, Gabrieli aims to create thought-provoking performances which stand out from the crowd.


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Paul McCreesh (conductor)

Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and he is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians, broadening access to classical music. He works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible. McCreesh has conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations...
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Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and he is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians, broadening access to classical music. He works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.
McCreesh has conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations with Saint Paul and Basel Chamber Orchestras. In 2018-19 he conducts Elgar and Brahms for Kammerakademie Potsdam, Mendelssohn and Britten for Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and Handel for Symphonique de Montréal, alongside appearances with Filharmonia Poznanska and MDR Radio Symphony.
From 2013-2016 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he conducted a wide range of music from the classical period through the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world-renowned Gulbenkian Choir.
McCreesh has established a strong reputation in the opera house and has conducted productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish Opera, Opera Comique, Vlaamse Opera and at the Verbier Festival. Most recently he conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen Opera, and returned to Vlaamse Opera for a production of Idomeneo.
In 2011 McCreesh launched his own record label, Winged Lion, in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, where he was Artistic Director from 2006-2012. To date they have made ten recordings, most recently A Rose Magnificat, music dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Renaissance to the present day, released in May 2018 and lauded by critics: “Captivating … imaginative … ambitious” (Financial Times), “the superlative Gabrieli Consort give a formidably encompassing performance” (BBC Music Magazine), “pristine: carefully balanced and always cleanly tuned” (Gramophone). Other highlights include Haydn The Seasons, Britten War Requiem (BBC Music Magazine Award 2014), Mendelssohn Elijah (Diapason d’Or Award 2013), Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts (BBC Award 2012), and a reworking of his earlier Gabrieli disc, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 (Gramophone Award 2013).

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Composer(s)

Edward Elgar

Eward Elgar was a British composer, who stood on the forefront of the revival of English music around 1900. Many of his works have entered the international concert repertoire, although there are performed more often in Britain than elsewhere. Although Elgar is often considered as a typically English composer, he has primarily been influenced by composers on the European continent. He was contemptuous of folk music and had little respect for English Renaissance and Baroque composers. Instead he was particularly inspired by Dvorák, Händel and Brahms, and the clarity of 19th-century French composers, which resonates through his orchestrations. Elgar was autodidact, and learned to play the organ, violin and viola at an early age within the musical family in which he was...
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Eward Elgar was a British composer, who stood on the forefront of the revival of English music around 1900. Many of his works have entered the international concert repertoire, although there are performed more often in Britain than elsewhere.
Although Elgar is often considered as a typically English composer, he has primarily been influenced by composers on the European continent. He was contemptuous of folk music and had little respect for English Renaissance and Baroque composers. Instead he was particularly inspired by Dvorák, Händel and Brahms, and the clarity of 19th-century French composers, which resonates through his orchestrations.
Elgar was autodidact, and learned to play the organ, violin and viola at an early age within the musical family in which he was brought up. He also composed and arranged music for various ensembles. He became somewhat well-known with his overture Froissart, but only gained international recognition after composing his Enigma Variations in 1899. Currently researchers are still trying to find out which melody Elgar has hidden within the variations.
Other famous works by Elgar are the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, the oratorio The Dream of Gerontinus and the Cello Concerto.
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Disc #1
01.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt. I: Prelude
09:41
(Edward Elgar) Gabrieli Consort & Players
02.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt I: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death
06:09
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Gabrieli Consort & Players
03.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt I: Rouse thee, my fainting soul
03:57
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Gabrieli Consort & Players
04.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt I: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus
07:30
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Gabrieli Consort & Players
05.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt I: Rescue him, O Lord
03:26
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Gabrieli Consort & Players
06.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt I: Proficiscere, anima Christiana
05:56
(Edward Elgar) Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort & Players

Disc #2
01.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt II: I went to sleep
14:54
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Anna Stéphany, Gabrieli Consort & Players
02.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt II: But hark! upon my sense
05:24
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Anna Stéphany, Gabrieli Consort & Players
03.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt II: I see not those false spirits
03:29
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Anna Stéphany, Gabrieli Consort & Players
04.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt II: Praise to the Holiest in the height
12:33
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Anna Stéphany, Gabrieli Consort & Players
05.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt II: Thy judgment now is near
03:09
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Anna Stéphany, Gabrieli Consort & Players
06.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt II: Jesu! by that shuddering dread
03:48
(Edward Elgar) Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort & Players
07.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt II: I go before my Judge
06:18
(Edward Elgar) Nicky Spence, Anna Stéphany, Gabrieli Consort & Players
08.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38.: Pt II: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge
08:56
(Edward Elgar) Anna Stéphany, Gabrieli Consort & Players
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