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A Song of Farewell: Music of Mourning & Consolation / Gabrieli Consort

Audio Samples

>Gibbons, Orlando : Hymn
>Walton, William : A Litany
>White, Robert : Christe, qui lux es et dies
>MacMillan, James : A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ
>Sheppard, John : In manus tuas Domine no 1
>Dove, Jonathan : Into Thy Hands, for unaccompanied chorus
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Burial Service (I am the resurrection), in 7 parts for 4 voices
>Elgar, Edward : They are at rest, anthem for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Requiem
>Parry, Charles H. : Songs of Farewell (6) for chorus
>     no 6, Lord, let me know mine end

Album Summary

>Gibbons, Orlando : Hymn
>Walton, William : A Litany
>White, Robert : Christe, qui lux es et dies
>MacMillan, James : A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ
>Sheppard, John : In manus tuas Domine no 1
>Dove, Jonathan : Into Thy Hands, for unaccompanied chorus
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Burial Service (I am the resurrection), in 7 parts for 4 voices
>Elgar, Edward : They are at rest, anthem for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Requiem
>Parry, Charles H. : Songs of Farewell (6) for chorus
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times
This is a concept album, a sequence of purgative music on the theme of death by a wide range of British composers from the English Renaissance to today.

Classic FM Magazine, April 2012 *****
The singing is immaculate... MacMillan's music is as technically demanding as it is emotionally powerful and it is a a wonder that these exceptional young singers make it all sound so effortless.

The Times, 17th March 2012 ****
For me, the highlight is Herbert Howells's Requiem, grief seeping from every cadence. It's beautifully sung by Paul McCreesh's Gabrieli Consort in an acoustic that sounds aptly like a tomb but is, in fact, Ely Cathedral.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2012
Any disc subtitled 'Music of Mourning & Consolation' is not going to be a bundle of laughs. But Paul McCreesh has devised such a satisfying programme of mostly short a cappella pieces that the effect is the reverse of depressing.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 *****
There are numerous indications of the elevated artistry Paul McCreesh and the 22 singers of his Gabrieli Consort bring to this beautifully planned and executed programme... There's also much emotion in the performances. McCreesh's choice of sopranos who either have little vibrato or can eliminate it when requested has a palpable impact... This is a superlative, unmissable issue.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Like the performances, the sound is excellent.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
Already in Gibbons's Drop, Drop, Slow, Tears there are numerous indications of the elevated artistry of Paul McCreesh and the 22 singers of his Gabrieli Consort.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009).



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Works Details

>Gibbons, Orlando : Hymn
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Walton, William : A Litany
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1916-1930

>White, Robert : Christe, qui lux es et dies
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>MacMillan, James : A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sheppard, John : In manus tuas Domine no 1
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dove, Jonathan : Into Thy Hands, for unaccompanied chorus
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Burial Service (I am the resurrection), in 7 parts for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Elgar, Edward : They are at rest, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1909

>Howells, Herbert : Requiem
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1936

>Parry, Charles H. : Songs of Farewell (6) for chorus :: no 6, Lord, let me know mine end
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
  • Notes: Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral (11/08/2009-11/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic