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Presented by Tom Service with Anthony Payne. Part of Radio 3's Elgar 150th anniversary celebrations recorded last night in Birmingham's Symphony Hall. Over this remarkable anniversary weekend Sakari Oramo conducts three great choirs, ten world-class soloists and the orchestra Elgar helped found in the great choral triptych that Elgar wrote for
Birmingham. The series begins with the work that many consider to be Elgar's choral masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius. One critic described Oramo's 2000 performance of this piece as one of the most moving experiences in his career. Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Jane Irwin (mezzo), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Clive Bayley (bass), BBC National Chorus of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Sakari Oramo
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