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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Vickers/ Shacklock/ Nowakowski/ RAI Rome Symphony Orch & Chorus/ Barbirolli

The performance of Elgar's oratorio oratorio (ôrətôr`ēō), musical composition employing chorus, orchestra, and soloists and usually, but not necessarily, a setting of a sacred libretto without stage action or scenery.  that John Barbirolli Sir John Giovanni Battista Barbirolli, CH (December 2, 1899 - July 29, 1970), was a British conductor and cellist. Barbirolli was particularly associated with The Hallé, Manchester, which he led for nearly three decades.  conducted in Rome in November 1957 was briefly available on LP, and acquired a place in history as the only surviving record of the great Jon Vickers
See also: John Vickers, a British economist.

Jon S. Vickers, CC , D.Mus. (born October 29, 1926) is a Canadian tenor.

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, he was the sixth in a family of eight children.
 in the title role. Now out of copyright and available for the first time on CD, it's a fascinating document, although the shortcomings A shortcoming is a character flaw.

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 are considerable. Vickers doesn't disappoint, singing with an intensity and a care for the sound and sense of every word that are well nigh nigh  
adv. nigh·er, nigh·est
1. Near in time, place, or relationship: Evening draws nigh.

2. Nearly; almost: talked for nigh onto two hours.
 ideal. As the Angel, Constance Shacklock, gravely beautiful if occasionally too grand, is first-class, too. The drama Barbirolli brings to the work is recognisable from his later studio account, but here the live sound is at best adequate and at worse unacceptable, with a microphone placed so close to the conductor that at times he seems to be duetting with Vickers. The orchestra and chorus do their best, which isn't quite good enough; it's Vickers who makes this a must-have.
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