and David Soar
feature in major new recordings of Elgar’s Sea Pictures
and The Dream of Gerontius
releases the handsomely packaged double CD this week and Connolly and Soar are joined by tenor Stuart Skelton as Gerontius and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.
Connolly has performed both Sea Pictures and The Dream of Gerontius the world over, notably with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Dresden Staatskapelle under Sir Colin Davis, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg under Ivor Bolton, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Sir Andrew Davis. Her earlier recording of Sea Pictures won her a Grammy nomination for best vocalist and, in this new recording, she seals her reputation as one of the world’s finest mezzo-sopranos.
The recording was made prior to a sell-out performance of The Dream of Gerontius at the Barbican with the same forces. Andrew Clements, reviewing the concert in The Guardian, wrote that ‘David Soar as an implacable, dark-sounding Priest and Angel of the Agony, and Sarah Connolly as a consummately polished Angel completed the outstanding set of soloists’.