Sunday, 11 September 2011

Over the bank holiday weekend Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and Players played Mendelssohn's Elijah at the Proms (we missed it, being in Norfolk for the premiere of my Elegy). They are recording the oratorio (hurrah!) with Simon Keenlyside in the title role. The Recording will be issued on the new label, Winged Lion, which McCreesh is starting. The first CD on the label will be Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts recorded wth the Gabriel Consort and Players, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra and Chetham’s School of Music.McCreesh is artistic director of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, and they will feature on the label. With two such opening discs as Elijah and the Berlioz Requiem the label looks to be extremely promising.

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