The Dream of Gerontius

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner

14 April 2012 / 19:30


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Andris Nelsons has had to withdraw from conducting The Dream of Gerontius on 14 April due to the illness of his daughter. We are very grateful to CBSO’s principal guest conductor Edward Gardner, who has agreed to conduct this performance on his behalf. We wish Andris’ daughter a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Barbican in the near future.

Tenor Toby Spence has also been forced to withdraw from this concert due to illness. We’re grateful to Robert Murray for taking his place.

The Dream of Gerontius

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

Edward Gardner conductor
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano 
Robert Murray tenor
James Rutherford bass-baritone
CBSO Chorus

CBSO / Sakari Oramo: Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius, Prelude

CBSO / Sakari Oramo: Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius, Softly and gently

Elgar's Dream of Gerontius is a richly dramatic and beautifully expressive work, one widely considered the composer's choral masterpiece, and certainly to be counted among his very finest works. Setting a poem by Cardinal Newman, it follows the journey of a dying man's soul to judgement before God. That tonight's musical forces hail from Birmingham is appropriate. The work was first performed there, and the city's Triennial Festival also premiered several more of Elgar's major works. In his second year as Principal Guest Conductor of the CBSO, Edward Gardner has developed a fine rapport with the ensemble, while the main soloists roles are here taken by tenor Robert Murray and Sarah Connolly, a mezzo sought after for her rich interpretative skills.

'Sarah Connolly was utterly captivating, singing with a slightly veiled yet glowing voice, full of deeply felt expression. In the work's final pages, she brought Gerontius's soul to rest with all the gentleness and warmth you could ask for.' Boston Globe

This event is part of:
Classical Music all events 2011-12
Great Performers 2011 - 2012
English Language Oratorios
Oratorios, opera and choral

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