Paul Herriott presents a concert live from the National Concert Hall, Dublin. The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir join soloists and conductor Kenneth Montgomery for a performance of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.

Out of darkness, light. A shining masterpiece of the English church tradition, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius is a deeply moving meditation on life, death and what comes after that celebrates music’s ability to voice our deepest fears and illuminate our greatest hopes.

Kenneth Montgomery makes a welcome return to conduct the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and a trio of formidable soloists: tenor Norbert Ernst, baritone Johan Wållberg and mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers, who has stamped her ownership of the role of the Angel in recent years with singing of 'great feeling and intensity and an always vivid response to text' (Gramophone).

First performed in 1900 and setting Cardinal John Henry Newman’s poem describing the last moments of a dying man, his death and his journey, guided by his guardian angel, in the after-life to judgement and Purgatory, it is the composer’s finest choral work which he declared to be ‘the best of me’.

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Kenneth Montgomery (conductor)
Catherine Wyn-Rodgers (mezzo soprano)
Norbert Ernst (tenor)
Johan Wållberg (bass)
RTÉ Philharmonic Choir
Chorus Master: David Young