Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Sea Pictures / Davis, BBC SO
Chandos Records is delighted to present this new recording of Elgar’s choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius and the popular song cycle Sea Pictures. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, a peerless Elgarian who this year was awarded the prestigious Elgar Society Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the composer’s music. In Gerontius the soloists are Stuart Skelton, David Soar and Sarah Connolly, who also sings in Sea Pictures. This recording was made in the days leading up to their triumphant live performance of Gerontius in April 2014. Skelton was praised as “the ideal tenor for the role of Gerontius,” Soar described as “an implacable, dark-sounding Priest,” and Connolly, “a consummately polished Angel” (The Guardian).
Catalog Number: CHSA 5140(2)
Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Performer: David Soar, Sarah Connolly, Stuart Skelton