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COMPACT DISC ONE
The Kingdom, Op. 51
Prelude. Allegro maestoso -
Total time: 16:43
In the Upper Room
The Disciples and the Holy Women: 'Seek
first the kingdom of God' -
Peter: 'Where two or three are gathered
together in My Name' -
Peter: 'He took bread, and blessed it' -
Peter: Men and brethren' -
Peter, Jon, and the Disciples: 'Thou, Lord, Which
knowest the hearts of all men' -
Recitative. Chorus: 'They gave forth their lots' -
Chorus: 'O ye priests!'
At the Beautiful Gate
The Morn of Pentecost
Mary and Mary Magdalen: 'The singers are before
Total time: 25:22
In the Upper Room
Recitative: Tenor: 'And when the day of Pentecost
was fully come' -
The Disciples: 'When the great Lord will' -
Recitative: Mezzo-soprano: 'And suddenly there came
from heaven a sound…' -
In Solomon's Porch
The People: 'Behold, are not all these which
speak, Galilæns?' -
Peter: 'Ye men of Judæa' -
Peter: 'Repent, and be baptised every one of you'
Total time: 56:48
COMPACT DISC TWO
Total time: 19:08
The Sign of Healing
At the Beautiful Gate
Recitative. Mezzo-soprano - 'Then they that gladly
received his word were baptised' -
Mezzo-soprano: 'The man that was lame' -
John: 'Unto you that fear His Name…' -
Recitative. Mezzo-soprano: 'And as they spake' -
Mary: 'The sun goeth down'
Total time: 18:01
The Upper Room
The Disciples and the Holy Women: 'The voice of
joy is in the dwelling of the righteous' -
The Disciples and the Holy Women: 'Lord, Thou didst
make the heaven ' -
The Breaking of Bread
The Disciples and the Holy Women: 'Thou, Almighty Lord,
hast given food and drink to mankind' -
All: 'Our Father, Which art in Heaven' -
John: 'Ye have received the Spirit of adoption'
Solo: Margaret Marshall soprano - The Blessed Virgin
Solo: Felicity Palmer mezzo-soprano - Mary Magdalene
Solo: Arthur Davies tenor - St John
Solo: David Wilson-Johnson bass - St Peter
Sospiri, Op. 70
Adagio for String Orchestra, with harp and Orga
Sursum Corda, Op. 11
Total time: 51:58
Solo: Roderick Elms organ
Conductor: Richard Hickox
11-13 June 1989
Following the success of The Dream of Gerontius in 1900 and The Apostles in 1903, the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival commissioned Elgar to produce another large oratorio for the 1906 festival. The Kingdom continues the narrative of the lives of Jesus’ disciples, depicting the community of the early church, Pentecost, and the events of the next few days. Although less frequently performed than The Dream of Gerontius, The Kingdom is considered one of Elgar’s greatest choral works, and deserves to rank alongside it.
This re-release of the 1989 recording also features Sursum Corda and Sospiri, two short, reflective instrumental pieces. If in the former – produced in a great hurry in 1894 – Elgar adopted a style which was to mature over the next years, he was overtaken by his own nature in the latter – first performed soon after the outbreak of war in 1914 – and produced a heartfelt personal statement which in its small compass conveys the emotion of the great slow movements of his finest works.
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