Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell

Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell

by TenebraeTenebrae

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Overview

The title of Hubert Parry's 1915 choral song cycle, "Songs of Farewell," aptly sums up the theme and tone of this a cappella album featuring the British choral ensemble Tenebrae, led by its founder, Nigel Short. All of the works have an autumnal, valedictory mood, and would be appropriate for memorial or funeral services. The music is not morbid, though; most of it emphasizes the serenity of death and has an optimistic radiance. The selections range from a part song by Arthur Sullivan to Richard Rodney Bennett's 1999 "A Good-Night," a memorial tribute to Linda McCartney. The music spans more than a century, but it is consistently characterized by a warm lyricism. Few of the pieces, apart from John Tavener's austerely luminous "Funeral Ikos" and Parry's "My soul, there is a country," are performed with much frequency, but every track is rewarding. "Bring Us, O Lord God," by William H. Harris, the least familiar composer, brings the album to an especially ravishing, ecstatic close. It's an exceptionally appealing collection that should be of special interest to fans of the British choral tradition, as well as anyone looking for an album of comforting, euphonious a cappella choral music. Tenebrae delivers performances of characteristic excellence. The tone is pure, intonation impeccable, the ensemble precise, and the richly burnished blend is simply gorgeous. The sound of Signum's CD is clean and detailed, with a warm, immediate ambience. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212026724
catalogNumber: 267
Rank: 51852

Tracks

  1. Funeral Ikos, for chorus
  2. Songs of Farewell (6), for chorus
  3. They are at rest, anthem for chorus
  4. The Turtle Dove, folk song for baritone & chorus
  5. The long day closes, for 4 male voices (from "7 Partsongs")
  6. Rest ("O earth, lie heavily upon her eyes"), partsong for chorus
  7. Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
  8. Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, motet on the death of President Kennedy for chorus
  9. A Good-Night, for chorus
  10. The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159

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Performance Credits

Tenebrae   Primary Artist

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