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Sir Edward Elgar

Apr 20th 2018 @ Boston Symphony Hall

Boston, MA
I Was There
About Sir Edward Elgar
Friday, April 20th, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115-4557
The 20th century's most beautiful oratorio was completed right at its beginning. Elgar finished his masterpiece, "The Dream of Gerontius", in 1900 and, despite some resistance from the Anglican church around the Catholic dogma of some parts of Cardinal Newman's text, Elgar's extraordinary work eventually came to be regarded as the greatest oratorio ever written by an Englishman (Handel, after all, was German). In the first of its two parts, a dying man experiences his very last moments -- a mini-drama of piousness, resolution, fear, terror and ultimate faith. In the second, the soul of the departed, aided and counseled by his guardian angel, prepares for that great moment when he will come into the presence of God to be judged. The three soloists appearing with the orchestra -- Robert Murray, Madeleine Shaw and Derek Welton -- are renowned in England for their performances of this masterpiece, and Chorus pro Musica joins the Boston Philharmonic once again for this final performance of the year at Boston Symphony Hall.
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