|Eugene Goossens|| |
Narelle Tapping (Mezzo-Soprano), Lauris Elms (Contralto), Grant Dickson (Bass), Raymond McDonald (Tenor), Ronald Dowd (Tenor), Gregory Yurisich (Baritone)
Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Eugene Goossens most ambitious and epic work, The Apocalypse, has had few performances since its premiere in Sydney Town Hall in 1954. It is a grand work, full of colors and drama, and in the words of conductor Myer Fredman, “the orchestration is brilliant.” This recording was made to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1982. Sir Eugene Goossens was born in London. He studied music first in Bruges and Liverpool, and then in 1907 received a scholarship to study under composer Charles Villiers Stanford at the Royal College of Music. He went on to win the silver medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and was made associate of the Royal College of Music. The Apocalypse is the only oratorio Goossens composed.