Edward Gardner conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and Salisbury Cathedral.
The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7pm on Thursday 31 March 2011 and available online for one week via the BBC iplayer.
Reviewed in the Guardian by Andrew Clements (5 stars):
“This was one of the occasions when that chemistry was exactly right – as good as any live account of the work I’ve heard in years. The singing of the London Philharmonic Chorus, with the Choir of Clare College Cambridge forming the semi-chorus, was full-blooded and intense, the playing of the London Philharmonic Orchestra utterly secure. The soloists were outstanding. Paul Groves sings the part of Gerontius more convincingly than any other tenor today, his control and range of colour and dynamic fitting Elgar’s vocal lines like a glove…”
And given four stars in The Times by Geoff Brown:
“The moment that Elgar’s masterpiece began, an uplifting balm took over, only enhanced by Edward Gardner’s scrupulous care over orchestral colouring, string vibrato and the caress of Elgar’s phrasings.”
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Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Edward Gardner conductor
Christine Rice mezzo soprano
Paul Groves tenor
Neal Davies bass
London Philharmonic Choir
Choir of Clare College Cambridge