The Hallé - The Dream of Gerontius
The Hallé perform Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius
Date4 June 2023 18:00 - 20:00
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Elgar adapted Cardinal Newman’s poem of the death and resurrection of ‘a man like us … a sinner’, creating the work’s dynamic through Wagnerian leitmotifs and superb, varied choral writing. Sir Mark’s personal high spot is Elgar’s masterly control of momentum from the moment when Gerontius’s soul encounters the Angel, to his split-second vision of the Almighty, a huge musical span including two of the work’s marvellous set pieces, the ‘Demons’ Chorus’ and ‘Praise to the Holiest’.
Singing Gerontius for the first time in the UK is the American tenor, Michael Spyres, whom Sir Mark describes as ‘an amazing artist’.
Sir Mark Elder
Alice Coote (Angel), mezzo-soprano
Michael Spyres (Gerontius), tenor
Neal Davies (Priest/Angel of Agony), bass-baritone
Hallé Choir, choral director Matthew Hamilton
Hallé Youth Choir and Alumni, director Stuart Overington
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