Eugene Goossens' most ambitious and epic work, The Apocalypse, has had few performances since its premiere in Sydney Town Hall in 1954. This recording was made to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in 1982. It is a grand work, full of colours and drama, and in the words of conductor Myer Fredman, “the orchestration is brilliant”.
Featuring performances by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choir, this recording is a fascinating and historical part of Australia's classical music history. The soloists, Lauris Elms (contralto), Gregory Yurisich (baritone), Grant Dickson (bass), Raymond McDonald (tenor), Ronald Dowd (tenor), Narelle Tapping (mezzo-soprano) are all incredible singers from Australia's past. Lauris Elms, in particular, is a highly celebrated artist with very few commercial recordings available; it's wonderful to at last be able to have access to this monumental recording.
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Goossens: The Apocalypse, Op. 64, G. 77
Lauris Elms (contralto), Gregory Yurisich (baritone), Grant Dickson (bass), Raymond McDonald (tenor), Ronald Dowd (tenor), Narelle Tapping (mezzo-soprano)
Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Myer Fredman