Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius / Barbirolli, Vickers, Shacklock, Nowakowski, RAI Orchestra

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"The performance of Elgar's oratorio that John Barbirolli conducted in Rome in November 1957 was briefly available on LP, and acquired a place in history as the only surviving record of the great Jon Vickers in the title role. Now out of copyright and available for the first time on CD, it's a fascinating document, although the shortcomings are considerable. Vickers doesn't disappoint, singing with an intensity and a care for the sound and sense of every word that are well nigh ideal...The orchestra and chorus do their best, which isn't quite good enough; it's Vickers who makes this a must-have." - Andrew Clements, The Guardian, London

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: ARPCD0403

  • UPC: 4035122404036

  • Label: Archipel

  • Composer: Hector Berlioz, Sir Edward Elgar

  • Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

  • Performer: Constance Shacklock, Jon Vickers, Marian Nowakowski