FLAT Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Collegium Vocale Gent; Edo de Waart, conductor (PentaTone Classics 5186 472). It takes an impressive performance for Elgar to come alive for me, as he does in this recording by Edo de Waart and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, both subtle and fiery. The First Symphony, in particular, burns under a surface sheen, and “The Dream of Gerontius” is intensely played and firmly sung. ZACHARY WOOLFE
SA-CD.net wrote about one of our last SACD recordings:
„The first thing that strikes one about this new coupling of 'The Dream of Gerontius' and Elgar's 1st Symphony from Edo de Waart is the sheer magnificence of the sound quality.The sound stage is wide with tremendous depth of field, whilst the balancing of soloists, chorus and orchestra could hardly be improved upon. The lower end of the frequency spectrum is powerfully reproduced, so that not only can the important organ part in the oratorio be felt as well as heard, but in the symphony any appearance of the bass drum has a tangible impact."
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