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The Dream of Gerontius

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EDWARD ELGAR 1857 – 1934
The Dream of Gerontius op.38
Janet Baker
Peter Pears
John Shirley-Quirk
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
SIR ADRIAN BOULT

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Filmed in colour from Canterbury Cathedral in 1968, this DVD represents the only existing film of Sir Adrian Boult conducting The Dream of Gerontius.

Sir Adrian Boult championed Elgar’s music throughout his life, following the composer’s prophetic words in a letter to the conductor: ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’.

Featuring a stellar cast of soloists including Dame Janet Baker, this performance is redolent of Sir Adrian Boult’s ‘commendable energy and typical humanity’ (The Gramophone Guide review of Boult’s 1975 studio recording of The Dream of Gerontius).

This DVD also features a 60-minute documentary on Sir Adrian Boult produced by the BBC in 1989 to celebrate the centenary of his birth.

ICAD 5140


DVD 1
EDWARD ELGAR 1857–1934
The Dream of Gerontius op.38
Part I
1 Prelude 10.14
2 Jesu, Maria – I am near to death Gerontius 5.48
3 Rouse thee, my fainting soul Gerontius 3.36
4 Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus Gerontius 11.00
5 Proficiscere, anima Christiana The Priest and Assistants 7.12
Part II
6 I went to sleep Soul of Gerontius 8.24
7 It is a member of that family Soul of Gerontius 6.44
8 But hark! upon my sense comes a fierce hubbub Soul of Gerontius 5.27
9 I see not those false spirits Soul of Gerontius 7.41
10 But hark! a grand mysterious harmony Soul of Gerontius 9.14
11 Thy judgment now is near Angel 7.10
12 I go before my Judge… Soul of Gerontius 6.59
13 Softly and gently, dearly-ransomed soul Angel 8.29
14 Closing credits 1.59
Gerontius/Soul of Gerontius Peter Pears tenor
The Angel Janet Baker contralto
The Priest/ The Angel of the Agony John Shirley-Quirk bass-baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
Chorus Master: Frederic Jackson
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Leader: Rodney Friend
Charles Spinks organ
Associate Conductor: Vernon Handley
SIR ADRIAN BOULT
Producer: Brian Large
Recorded: Canterbury Cathedral, 29 March 1968
Broadcast: BBC, 14 April 1968
© BBC 1968

DVD 2 BONUS
A.C.B.–A Portrait of One of the Century’s Greatest Musicians
Sir Adrian Boult C.H. (1889–1983)
Documentary presented by Vernon Handley
With Paul Beard, Gwen Beckett, Christopher Bishop, Sir Colin Davis, Sidonie Goossens,
Dame Beryl Grey, André Previn, Robert Simpson, Malcolm Williamson, Marie Wilson
Executive Producer: Dennis Marks
Producer: Ron Isted
Broadcast: BBC, 8 April 1989
© BBC 1989

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