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ORCHESTRE DE PARIS/HARDING: THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS

Author: Unitel

Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris in Edward Elgar’s "The Dream of Gerontius", starring Magdalena Kožená, Andrew Staples and John Relyea.

  • Daniel Harding | Copyright: © Julian Hargreaves

    Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves

"The Dream of Gerontius", Edward Elgar’s striking musical meditation on life after death, showcases superb choral writing and Wagnerian inflections. Daniel Harding leads the Orchestre de Paris. Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená performs as Guardian Angel alongside Andrew Staples and John Relyea in the Grand Salle Pierre Boulez.

Created in 1900, this great oratorio, often called the “English Parsifal”, is considered a national gem. While it has been the subject of unconditional admiration for more than a century in England, it was rarely performed outside England’s borders. Even if George Bernard Shaw had no doubt that Elgar’s music was to be immortal, it took some time to prove that he was right. The powerful work, which keeps in tradition with greats like Beethoven, is now revered throughout the world and in this case receives a stellar staging in the beautiful Philharmonie de Paris.

A co-production of CLC Productions/Orchestre de Paris/Radio France 2017 in association with Arte France with the participation of la Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris and in cooperation with Unitel.


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