“Sir Alexander Gibson already had quite a reputation as an Elgarian in the period before this Gerontius was released, and his recording of The Spirit of England had helped to rescue a work that had been consigned to outer darkness for years. The choir and orchestra both rise to the many challenges of the score with enthusiasm and conviction. Gibson’s approach to the work is dramatic and forward-thrusting, and the recorded sound has a very wide dynamic range which can well encompass the extremes of Elgar’s demands.
…a first-time comer to Gerontius could do worse.”
Paul Corfield Godfrey, MusiWeb-international.com
“I have found this reading of Gibson’s an overwhelming experience. The whole affair has an inspirational immediacy which maintains its grip on the listener from first bar to last. If you already have one of the other recordings, you will still find that this one adds to your appreciation of Elgar’s genius. Those setting out to buy their first recorded Gerontius this CRD set must be your first choice.”
Geoffrey Crankshaw, Records and Recording