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HOWARD SMITH

'... Chandos/Hickox win hands down.'

Elgar: The Light of Life. Richard Hickox. © 2012 Chandos Records Ltd

Edward Elgar's Light of Life, an oratorio for soprano, contralto, tenor, and baritone soloists, full choir and orchestra, is a regrettably neglected work by the man who four years later brought us his awe inspiring Dream of Gerontius.

The earlier Judean setting concerns a blind beggar whose sight Christ restored. Its words are taken from the Gospel of St John with additions by the Reverend Edward Capel Cure; a rector of St George's, Hanover Square and Canon of Windsor.

Though less visited than Gerontius, Op 38 (1900), both works are unmissable -- look for the later masterpiece in a glorious 1964 recording featuring Richard Lewis, Janet Baker, Kim Borg, and the Ambrosian Singers, Sheffield Philharmonic with Chorus, Hallé Choir and Orchestra with Barbirolli (EMI CMS7 63185-2)...

Copyright © 25 November 2012 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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ELGAR: THE LIGHT OF LIFE

EDWARD ELGAR

RICHARD HICKOX

CHANDOS RECORDS

UNITED KINGDOM

WORCESTERSHIRE

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

VOCAL MUSIC

CHORAL MUSIC

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

ORATORIO

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