- The Guinness Choir
- David Milne
- Other Performers:
- Carolyn Holt - mezzo soprano, Dean Power - tenor, Leon Kosavic - bass
Elgar's masterpiece, a setting of Cardinal Newman's poem, is a firm favourite in the Oratorio repertoire. The opportunity to experience this great work should not be missed.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, is a work for three soloists, orchestra and chorus, in two parts composed by Edward Elgar in 1900, to text from the poem by St. John Henry Newman. It relates the journey of a pious man's soul from his deathbed, transitioning via Angels, Demons and through Purgatory before his final judgment before God.
The piece is widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work, and some consider it his masterpiece. Of it Elgar said “This is the best of me”.
This majesterial work calls for a large orchestra of typical late Romantic proportions. An orchestra of over 60 musicians allows Elgar to produce huge sweeping passages drawing you in to the great challenge of the story. Highly contemplative, sensitive passages move to most dramatic spectacular explosions of sound bringing the listener from earthly existence to infinite celestial glory.