This is the second concert I have been to of a totally unfamiliar genre/work.
Not something I usually do – I always play safe when I book my concerts.
Apparently not this season.
And I am So glad I did.
This work is Sublime – tears down the cheeks kind of sublime – (and not from the $13 a glass of wine)
Rather from the juxtaposition of death and creation. The poem, Dream of Gerontious is stunning, I won’t quote, but so worth a read
And the music, Elgar at his most sublime.
He said ” I wrote it out of my insidest out” “This is the best of me”
And then the singing – soaring praises, exquisite phrasing
and such comfort after the journey to death :
“Softly and gently, dearly ransomed soul. In my loving arms I now enfold thee”