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Apostles (Chandos, cond. Hickox) - Performance 2CDs


Elgar: The Apostles OP.49

The Blessed Virgin / The Angel Gabriel - Alison Hargan
Mary Magdalene - Alfreda Hodgson
St John - David Rendall
St Peter - Bryn Terfel
Jesus - Stephen Roberts
Judas - Robert Lloyd

An expansive oratorio, The Apostles calls for six soloists, lavish orchestration, and large chorus. Although often overshadowed by The Dream of Gerontius, written shortly before, it contains some of Elgar’s most inspired music, particularly in the dramatic portrayal of Judas and in the exalted, moving finale.
On this ‘241’ release Richard Hickox, a true champion of British music, conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The two most prominent roles, Mary Magdalene and Judas, are sung by Alfreda Hodgson and Robert Lloyd, respectively. The recording also features an outstanding performance from a young Bryn Terfel as Peter. The set is released as part of the Richard Hickox Legacy series.

Roderick Elms (organ), London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, cond. Richard Hickox


Penguin Guide: 3 stars

Original Release Date: 5 Aug. 2014
Release Date: 5 Aug. 2014
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Chandos
Copyright: (C) 2014 Chandos