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The Apostles, Op 49

author of text
after various Biblical texts

Elgar completed The Apostles in 1903, intending it as the first work of a trilogy. The Kingdom followed in 1906 but the final work, provisionally entitled The Last Judgment, was left as merely a few jottings. Elgar was deeply influenced by the Ring Cycle and decided to emulate Wagner by not only employing many leitmotifs but also assembling his own libretto—based on episodes from the Gospels. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, with a short introduction for orchestra/organ, forms the very opening of a work which has prompted the observation that it is Judas who is given the most distinctive musical characterisation.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2014


Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works
Out of darkness
Studio Master: SIGCD409Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
This is the day
COLCD136Download only
English Cathedral Music of the 20th Century
A66018Archive Service (LP transfer)This album is not available for download


Part 1 No 01. Prologue: The Spirit of the Lord
Track 5 on CDA67593 [7'23]
Track 5 on COLCD136 [7'38] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD409 [7'21] Download only
Track 1 on A66018 [7'05] Archive Service (LP transfer)

Track-specific metadata for A66018 track 1

Part 1 No 01. Prologue: The Spirit of the Lord
Recording date
17 October 1980
Recording venue
St Albans Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Stephen Darlington & Lance Andrews
Recording engineer
Peter Felgett
Hyperion usage
  1. English Cathedral Music of the 20th Century (A66018)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: December 1981
    Archive Service (LP transfer)
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