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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius - Sea Pictures

Sarah Connolly, Stuart Skelton, David Soar, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis

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Sea Pictures, Op. 37  
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No. 1. Sea Slumber-Song
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:43
2
No. 2. In Haven (Capri)
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:37
3
No. 3. Sabbath Morning at Sea
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:31
4
No. 4. Where Corals Lie
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:37
5
No. 5. The Swimmer
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:00
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38  
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Part I: Prelude
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
9:07
7
Part I: Jesu, Maria - I am near to death (Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:42
8
Part I: Kyrie eleïson (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:11
9
Part I: Rouse thee, my fainting soul (Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:51
10
Part I: Be merciful, be gracious; spare him, Lord (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:48
11
Part I: Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus (Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:43
12
Part I: I can no more; for now it comes again (Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:06
13
Part I: Rescue him, O Lord, in this his evil hour (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:06
14
Part I: Novissima hora est; and I fain would sleep (Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:21
15
Part I: Profiscere, anima Christiana, de hoc mundo! (The Priest)
Edward Elgar; David Soar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:54
16
Part I: Go, in the name of Angels and Archangels (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:38
1
Part II: I went to sleep (The Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:15
2
Part II: My work is done (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:14
3
Part II: It is a member of that family (Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:42
4
Part II: I ever had believed (The Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:06
5
Part II: But hark, upon my sense comes a fierce hubbub (Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
0:49
6
Part II: Low-born clods of brute earth (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:20
7
Part II: The mind bold and independent (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:23
8
Part II: I see not those false spirits (The Soul of Gerontius, The Angel)
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:10
9
Part II: Praise to the Holiest in the height (Chorus, Angel)
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
2:59
10
Part II: Glory to Him, who evermore by truth and justice reigns (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:18
11
Part II: But hark! A grand mysterious harmony (The Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:17
12
Part II: Praise to the Holiest in the height (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:49
13
Part II: The judgment now is near (The Angel, The Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:05
14
Part II: Jesu! By that shuddering dread which fell on Thee (The Angel of the Agony)
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:53
15
Part II: I go before my Judge (The Soul of Gerontius, Chorus)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:30
16
Part II: Praise to His Name! (The Angel)
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:30
17
Part II: Take me away, and in the lowest deep there let me be (The Soul of Gerontius)
Edward Elgar; Stuart Skelton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:20
18
Part II: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge: in every generation (Chorus)
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:03
19
Part II: Softly and gently, dearly-ransom’d soul (The Angel, Chorus)
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:34
20
Part II: Prelude
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
9:23
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:04:35
"Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony are on top form ... this reading (of Gerontius) is artistically superior, superior also to those more recent performances I have heard ..."
- International Record Review

"Recording of the Month ... a wonderful achievement, a deeply considered interpretation ... takes an honoured place among the finest-ever versions of this much-recorded masterpiece and would unquestionably be my preferred digital version."
- BBC Music Magazine

This Elgar programme features the choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius and the enduringly popular song cycle Sea Pictures. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, a peerless Elgarian who was awarded the prestigious Elgar Society Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the composer’s music. The Dream of Gerontius, recognized today as one of the greatest choral works by an English composer, showcases soloists Stuart Skelton and David Soar; Sarah Connolly sings on both these works.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Fairfield Halls, Croydon; 3 - 5 April 2014
Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Editor: Jonathan Cooper
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Front cover: ‘An angel statue over mystic sky’, photograph © Jitka Saniova / Arcangel Images
Back cover: Photograph of Sir Andrew Davis © Dario Acosta Photography
Design and typesetting: Cap & Anchor Design Co.
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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