Set to Cardinal Newman’s poem tracing a man’s journey from faithful life to redemptive death, Elgar’s music for his choral piece is one of his most brilliant and inspiring works.
100 years after the LSO performed the work in the May 1916 Festival, Gerontius, conceived by Sir Henry Wood to entertain the people of London despite the chaos of Zeppelin attacks, the Orchestra returns to the work that so succinctly describes the feelings of loss and hope in the face of death that prevailed at the time: ‘Farewell, but not for ever!’
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Alice Coote mezzo-soprano
Allan Clayton tenor
Gerald Finley bass
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra
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