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SOMM RECORDINGS adds to it's acclaimed treasure trove of historic recordings with Volume III of Elgar from America, again masterminded by the extraordinary restoration talents of Lani Spahr. It's centrepiece is a live 1959 Carnegie Hall recording of Elgar's masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius, with the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra conducted by one of the composer's most eloquent and ardent champions, Sir John Barbirolli. Elgar hailed Barbirolli as "a rising hope of music in England for whom I have admiration and in whose work I have confidence". His trust in the conductor led to a long, mutually admiring relationship between two men who did so much to define English music. The soloists include Richard Lewis (Gerontius), Maureen Forrester (The Angel) and Morley Meredith (The Priest and the Angel of the Agony). Also recorded live in 1959 is the Introduction and Allegro for Strings, with Barbirolli and the NYP-SO joined by violinists John Corigliano and Leopold Rybb, William Lincer on viola, and cellist Laszlo Varga. Making their first appearance on album are two choruses from Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf with J Spencer Cornwall directing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1953 and 1956.
SOMM RECORDINGS adds to it's acclaimed treasure trove of historic recordings with Volume III of Elgar from America, again masterminded by the extraordinary restoration talents of Lani Spahr. It's centrepiece is a live 1959 Carnegie Hall recording of Elgar's masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius, with the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra conducted by one of the composer's most eloquent and ardent champions, Sir John Barbirolli. Elgar hailed Barbirolli as "a rising hope of music in England for whom I have admiration and in whose work I have confidence". His trust in the conductor led to a long, mutually admiring relationship between two men who did so much to define English music. The soloists include Richard Lewis (Gerontius), Maureen Forrester (The Angel) and Morley Meredith (The Priest and the Angel of the Agony). Also recorded live in 1959 is the Introduction and Allegro for Strings, with Barbirolli and the NYP-SO joined by violinists John Corigliano and Leopold Rybb, William Lincer on viola, and cellist Laszlo Varga. Making their first appearance on album are two choruses from Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf with J Spencer Cornwall directing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1953 and 1956.
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SOMM RECORDINGS adds to it's acclaimed treasure trove of historic recordings with Volume III of Elgar from America, again masterminded by the extraordinary restoration talents of Lani Spahr. It's centrepiece is a live 1959 Carnegie Hall recording of Elgar's masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius, with the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra conducted by one of the composer's most eloquent and ardent champions, Sir John Barbirolli. Elgar hailed Barbirolli as "a rising hope of music in England for whom I have admiration and in whose work I have confidence". His trust in the conductor led to a long, mutually admiring relationship between two men who did so much to define English music. The soloists include Richard Lewis (Gerontius), Maureen Forrester (The Angel) and Morley Meredith (The Priest and the Angel of the Agony). Also recorded live in 1959 is the Introduction and Allegro for Strings, with Barbirolli and the NYP-SO joined by violinists John Corigliano and Leopold Rybb, William Lincer on viola, and cellist Laszlo Varga. Making their first appearance on album are two choruses from Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf with J Spencer Cornwall directing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1953 and 1956.
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