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Isle of Noises
Elgar The Apostles
Martyn Brabbins conductor†
Elizabeth Watts The Angel Gabriel/The Blessed Virgin Mary*
Alice Coote Mary Magdalene/Narrator 2
Allan Clayton John/Narrator 1
Roderick Williams Jesus
David Stout Peter
Brindley Sherratt Judas
London Philharmonic Choir
BBC Symphony Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
At the peak of his fame, and height of his genius, Elgar threw all his creative power into a single epic project: a trilogy of choral works that told the story of early Christianity not (as he put it) with ‘hymn tunes and rubbish’, but as a sweeping, deeply-felt human drama, glowing with colour and emotion. Written for huge forces and filled with music that goes straight to the heart, The Apostles is the closest Elgar ever got to writing an opera. With a cast made up of top operatic talent, it will be an experience to touch the soul.
There will be a 20-minute interval between Parts 1 & 2, at approximately 8.45pm.
Part of the Contemporaries subscription series.
*Please note change of artists from previously advertised
†Following surgery in the middle of August to release a trapped nerve in his neck, and under medical advice, Sir Mark Elder has very reluctantly decided to cancel his forthcoming engagements. This will give him time for the fullest possible recuperation. We are delighted that Martyn Brabbins has kindly agreed to step in for this concert at short notice.
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