℗ 2013 PentaTone
Released September 24, 2013
Duration 2h 22m 02s
Record Label PentaTone
Catalogue No. PTC5186472
Genre Classical (Choral - Sacred)
 

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 & Symphonly No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55

Michelle Breedt, Peter Auty, John Hancock, Collegium Vocale Gent, Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart

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The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38  
1.1
Part I: Prelude
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
9:33
1.2
Part I: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death (Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
3:43
1.3
Part I: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
5:47
1.4
Part I: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus (Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
7:15
1.5
Part I: Rescue him, O Lord (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
3:39
1.6
Part I: Profiscere, anima Christiana (The Priest)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
6:40
1.7
Part II: Andantino
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
1:39
1.8
Part II: I went to sleep (The Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
12:08
1.9
Part II: Low-born clods of brute earth (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
4:31
1.10
Part II: I see not those false spirits (The Soul of Gerontius, The Angel)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
3:06
1.11
Part II: Praise to the Holiest (Chorus, Angel)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
5:04
1.12
Part II: And now the threshold - Praise to the Holiest (Angel, Chorus)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
7:51
2.1
Part II: The judgment now is near (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
2:41
2.2
Part II: Jesu! By that shuddering dread (The Angel of the Agony)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
3:56
2.3
Part II: I go before my Judge - Be merciful, o Lord (The Soul of Gerontius, Angel, Chorus)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
6:05
2.4
Part II: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
1:24
2.5
Part II: Angel's Farewell (Angel, Chorus)
Edward Elgar; Michelle Breedt; Peter Auty; John Hancock; Collegium Vocale Gent; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
6:33
Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55  
2.6
I. Andante nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
Edward Elgar; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
19:16
2.7
II. Allegro molto
Edward Elgar; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
7:22
2.8
III. Adagio
Edward Elgar; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
11:25
2.9
IV. Lento - Allegro
Edward Elgar; Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart
12:24
Digital Booklet
"... there's an endearing freshness, sense of new discovery and wholehearted application about this substantial undertaking.” - Gramophone "This performance is superb in every way, with Peter Auty a sensitive Gerontius. Engineering captures resonant acoustics of the venue admirably." - ClassicalCDReview.com "It takes an impressive performance for Elgar to come alive, as he does in this recording by Edo de Waart and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, both subtle and fiery. The First Symphony, in particular, burns under a surface sheen and The Dream of Gerontius is intensely played and firmly sung." - The New York Times Elgar's major choral work, The Dream of Gerontius was recorded in February 2013 and tells the story of the journey of a dying man's soul into the afterlife. This album features the voices of Peter Auty, one of Britain’s leading tenors, Michelle Breedt, considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation and baritone John Hancock, acclaimed for his refined vocalism and theatrical versatility, all joined by the Collegium Vocale Gent choir. Edo de Waart conducts the Royal Flemish Philharmonic on this album which made the The New York Times critics list of the best classical releases of 2013.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording venue: Concert hall deSingel, Antwerpen, February 2013 Recording producer: Wilhelm Hellweg Balance engineer: Steven Maes Recording engineer: Tom Proost Assistant engineer: Kenny Bastiaens, Bram Heggermont Editing and mixing: Steven Maes, Serendipitous Studios, Mechelen, Belgium
Track titlePeak (dB FS)RMS (dB FS)DR
Album average
Range of values
-4.87
-19.58 to -0.18
-28.51
-41.49 to -20.69
14
11 to 17
1.1
Part I: Prelude
-0.20-24.3914
1.2
Part I: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death (Gerontius)
-4.93-30.1414
1.3
Part I: Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
-2.81-27.3114
1.4
Part I: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus (Gerontius)
-0.69-25.3016
1.5
Part I: Rescue him, O Lord (Chorus)
-3.24-27.6813
1.6
Part I: Profiscere, anima Christiana (The Priest)
-0.29-23.7114
1.7
Part II: Andantino
-19.58-41.4912
1.8
Part II: I went to sleep (The Soul of Gerontius)
-5.81-31.1616
1.9
Part II: Low-born clods of brute earth (Chorus)
-0.30-22.9515
1.10
Part II: I see not those false spirits (The Soul of Gerontius, The Angel)
-10.36-34.6014
1.11
Part II: Praise to the Holiest (Chorus, Angel)
-5.52-29.9915
1.12
Part II: And now the threshold - Praise to the Holiest (Angel, Chorus)
-0.20-20.6912
2.1
Part II: The judgment now is near (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)
-10.49-33.5412
2.2
Part II: Jesu! By that shuddering dread (The Angel of the Agony)
-6.80-30.6514
2.3
Part II: I go before my Judge - Be merciful, o Lord (The Soul of Gerontius, Angel, Chorus)
-0.18-26.6917
2.4
Part II: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (Chorus)
-17.21-37.6711
2.5
Part II: Angel's Farewell (Angel, Chorus)
-5.45-28.5714
2.6
I. Andante nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
-0.41-24.8115
2.7
II. Allegro molto
-0.38-24.7416
2.8
III. Adagio
-7.12-30.3614
2.9
IV. Lento - Allegro
-0.40-22.3314

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