The Dream of Gerontius

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo

Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo, a passionate Elgarian, conducts a superb trio of soloists in the composer’s greatest oratorio.

Sir Edward Elgar’s strong Roman Catholic faith drew him to a text by Cardinal Newman which explores the journey of man’s soul through death, divine judgement and Purgatory. It contains some of his greatest music and caused Richard Strauss to raise a glass, saying ‘I drink to the success and welfare of the first English progressive musician, Meister Elgar’. This performance brings together three of the work’s finest interpreters: the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra won a Gramophone Choral Award in 2015 for their recording of Gerontius.

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