Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (2CD)

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Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim, Catherine Wyn-Roger, Andrew Staples, Thomas Hampson

Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Angel), Andrew Staples (Gerontius), Thomas Hampson (Priest/Angel of the Agony) Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, RIAS Kammerchor, Daniel Barenboim

‘Barenboim's long association with, and love for, Elgar has effectively made it part of his musical DNA’ Gramophone

‘Barenboim made this a Gerontius of transcendental splendour’ Financial Times concert review

‘If anyone can make a case for Elgar outside Britain, and without special pleading, it's Daniel Barenboim, returning to conduct this British composer's works’ New York Times

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Gramophone Magazine

“Staples is a young-sounding and affecting Gerontius…he uses his vulnerability to good effect…Wyn-Rogers sings with great feeling and intensity and an always vivid response to text…Hampson is hugely authoritative in his priestly exhortations…Barenboim’s Berlin choirs are both sensitive and impressive, and refreshingly true in intonation…So plenty to savour…I know I shall be returning to if often and with great pleasure.”

The Times

“The best parts of this recording are exactly those passages when this superb orchestra gives the impression of floating into celestial regions...Even when his pacing is unconvincing, there’s a gripping integrity and intensity to Barenboim’s approach...Barenboim’s account will takes its place alongside Elder’s (Hallé) and Britten’s (Decca) on my shelf marked “essential deathbed listening”.”