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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.

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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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01/Mar/2017

[...] These two DVDs are historical documents that were well worth republishing in such a well-wrought production. [...] it is a devoutly filmed work of giants of British music-making at the time, performing one of the great masterpieces of British music.

The Elgar Society - Steven Halls, February 2017

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    01/Mar/2017

    Hats off to ICA Classics for an invaluable restoration of an altogether exceptional document. [...] This is, quite simply, an issue to cherish.

    Andrew Achenbach - Classical Source, Nov. 2016

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      01/Mar/2017

      [...] a fascinating documentary profile of Boult [...]

      Edward Seckerson - Gramophone Dec. 2016

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        01/Mar/2017

        [...] the TV sound is remarkably good for its time and the quality of the solo performances, as I have already indicated, makes this a must-see [...]

        Edward Seckerson - Gramophone Dec. 2016

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          01/Mar/2017

          [...] He [Peter Pears] is, in a word, magnificent. John Shirley-Quirk is marvellous, too, in both his roles, and Janet Baker, inhabiting the Angel as only she could, is in a league of her own.[...]

          Edward Seckerson - Gramophone Dec. 2016

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            OFFLINE O
            01/Mar/2017

            [...] Three great artists at the absolute top of their game [...]

            Edward Seckerson - Gramophone Dec. 2016

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              01/Mar/2017

              [...] The accompanying documentary is excellent: full of fascinating, moving insights into Boult as man and conductor. [...] Aspiring conductors could learn plenty of this; for the rest of us, it's a beautifully devised portrait of a great musician.

              Stephen Johnson - BBC Music Magazine, Feb. 2017

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                01/Mar/2017

                [...] so beautiful, so magisterial in its intensity that it feels as though the score is being simply opened before us. [...]

                Stephen Johnson - BBC Music Magazine, Feb. 2017

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