And So It Goes: Songs of Folk and Lore

And So It Goes: Songs of Folk and Lore

by Elora SingersElora Singers

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Overview

Canada's Elora Singers developed in tandem with a music festival in the small Ontario town of the same name. The choir is made up of professional singers, and they were led for many years by the conductor on this 2018 release, Noel Edison. Thus they have developed a distinctively warm sound characterized by strong enunciation and involvement with the text. These qualities are on display in this collection of a cappella choral music, and the best news is that they're paired with a program of considerable originality. Neither the title, And So It Goes: Songs of Folk and Lore, nor the composers listed in the graphics -- Eric Whitacre, Ivor Novello, and Billy Joel -- really give the buyer an idea of what's contained here, although it is Joel's song that gives the album its title. Much of the music is Canadian, and it is the complex nature of much Canadian folk-pop that gives the album its flavor and its unusual way of blurring the lines between classical and vernacular material. Sample "Fogarty's Cove," by Stan Rogers, a folk songwriter much better known north of the border than in the U.S.; the arrangement here by Ron Small is particularly evocative. In addition to Rogers, Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmy Rankin, and Rita MacNeil are all represented, and all work beautifully in this kind of arrangement. In contrast to the directness of their songs are the more virtuoso materials of American and British composers; the choir expertly handles the difficult Go, lovely rose from the "Three Flower Songs" of the American Eric Whitacre and one of the "Prairie Songs" of the late Stephen Paulus. It's a mixture that has resemblances to the American collegiate choir combination of a classical start and pop standards to finish, but has an entirely different effect. If a trip to Stratford or one of the other Canadian cultural icons is not in the budget this year, spring instead for this lovely (and budget-priced) release.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2018
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313386178
catalogNumber: 8573861
Rank: 111891

Tracks

  1. Old Lady Rose, song  (04:11)
  2. Loch Lomond  (04:35)
  3. The Maggie Hunter, song for chorus & piano (from "Five Ontario Folk Songs")  (06:50)
  4. Danse, Mon Moin, Danse!, song for chorus & piano (from "Six Canadian Folk Songs, Set 1. Op. 41b")  (03:04)
  5. Flower Songs (3), for chorus: III. Go, lovely rose

    1. III. Go, lovely rose  (03:43)
  6. Ae Fond Kiss, folk song  (02:27)
  7. We'll Gather Lilacs (from Perchance to Dream)  (03:30)
  8. Fogarty's Cove  (02:08)
  9. Pussywillows, Cat-Tails  (03:53)
  10. Choral Folk Songs (6) for chorus, Op.36b, H. 136: V. I Love My Love

    1. V. I Love My Love  (04:18)
  11. Songs (5) of the Newfoundland Outports: V. Feller from Fortune

    1. V. Feller from Fortune  (02:50)
  12. Shakespeare Songs (3) for chorus

    1. Full fathom five  (02:17)
    2. The cloud-capp'd towers  (01:57)
    3. Over hill, over dale  (01:09)
  13. John Brown's Body, folk song (tune Mine eyes have seen the glory)  (03:04)
  14. The Old Church, for chorus (Prairie Songs No. 6)  (03:13)
  15. Auld Lang Syne  (03:30)
  16. She's Called Nova Scotia  (04:47)
  17. And So It Goes, song  (03:43)
  18. Fare Thee Well Love, song  (03:52)
  19. Rise Again (We Rise Again)  (03:21)

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