New Elgar recording released! ★★★★ Financial Times

Following award-winning recordings of Purcell’s King Arthur, Berlioz’s Grande Messe des morts, Britten’s War Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Gabrieli has recorded Elgar’s much-loved oratorio, The Dream of Gerontius – using original instruments from around the time of the 1900 premiere. Led by Nicky Spence in the title role, the recording has already been warmly received by the critics; Paul McCreesh’s innate understanding of this complex work has again underlined why Gabrieli’s recordings are frequently regarded as benchmarks.

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What the critics say:

“McCreesh brings an impressive control of contrasting tempos to the polyphonic, multicolour orchestration that forms such an intrinsic part of the work. […]

This CD is brim-full of edifying delights and surprises worthy of repeated listening. Most of all, its expressive choral and orchestral merits, to quote the words of Newman’s angel, are such that it ‘will gladden thee, but it will pierce thee too’. GRAMOPHONE

“★★★★ This is not just another recording of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius…conductor Paul McCreesh has again delivered a splendid recording of special interest.” THE FINANCIAL TIMES

“Paul McCreesh conducts the work very well indeed. Nicky Spence is outstanding as Gerontius and gives one of the finest performances of Gerontius on disc.”   MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL