The Dream of Gerontius – Edward Elgar
On Monday 27th April 2020 at 8p.m. in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, The Guinness Choir will perform ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ by Edward Elgar.
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, is a work for three soloists, orchestra and chorus, in two parts composed by Edward Elgar in 1900, to text from the poem by John Henry Newman. It relates the journey of a pious man’s soul from his deathbed, transitioning via Angels, Demons and through Purgatory before his final judgement before God. The piece is widely regarded as Elgar’s finest choral work, and some consider it his masterpiece. Of it Elgar said “This is the best of me”.
Elgar’s magisterial work calls for a large orchestra of typical late Romantic proportions. This allows Elgar to produce huge sweeping passages drawing you in to the great challenge of the story. Highly contemplative, sensitive passages move to most dramatic spectacular explosions of sound bringing the listener from earthly existence to infinite celestial glory.
Our orchestra will comprise over 65 professional orchestral players and the overall performance will be completed by the extraordinarily talented and already internationally acclaimed young soloists:
Carolyn Holt, Mezzo Soprano,
Dean Power, Tenor and
Leon Košavić, Baritone.
Tickets available at www.nch.ie with prices starting at €29.50. Discounts available also.