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Hubert Parry: Works for Orchestra & Chorus - Te Deum; Magnificat; England; Jerusalem / Amanda Roocroft, soprano; Neeme Jarvi

Audio Samples

>Parry, Charles H. : Te Deum, for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : England, for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : The Birds of Aristophanes, suite for orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Parry, Charles H. : The Glories of Our Blood and State, for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : Magnificat, for chorus & orchestra

Album Summary

>Parry, Charles H. : Te Deum, for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : England, for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : The Birds of Aristophanes, suite for orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Parry, Charles H. : The Glories of Our Blood and State, for chorus & orchestra
>Parry, Charles H. : Magnificat, for chorus & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With a foreword by Parry enthusiast HRH The Prince of Wales, this release features orchestral and choral works spanning the length of Parry's composing life, many of which are recorded here for the first time. Parry is simultaneously one of Britain's best known and least-known composers. Jerusalem is regularly performed at the Last Night of the Proms.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012
This is breast-swelling stuff...the BBC National Orchestra of Wales gives warmly sympathetic renditions of music which was probably completely unfamiliar to them before the recording sessions. The Chandos sound is excellent.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
Altogether the disc represents one of the most important Parry issues for many years, a credit to all the performers, not least the warmly committed conductor, Neeme Jarvi, drawing the whole ensemble together. Warm, atmospheric sound too.

International Record Review, December 2012
Though I feel the programme as a whole is a rather patchy representation of Parry, there's no doubt it's a valuable and timely addition to his discography. JSrvi directs performances full of energy that sound entirely idiomatic, the orchestra responds with enthusiasm and the BBC National Chorus of Wales sings its collective heart out in the big moments.

The Times, 19th October 2012
This "heritage" release rewards close listening; a selection of choral and orchestral works by Sir Charles Parry mostly of outstanding merit, conducted by Neeme JSrvi. Empty rhetoric is avoided, and much is mellifluously thoughtful...This is a CD well worth waving the flag for.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
This is clearly a recording for Anglophiles. Traditional British national feeling has a very different flavor from its American counterpart. Non-British listeners who can enter imaginatively into the spirit evoked here will find this recording irresistible. The performances by Neeme Jarvi and the BBC Chorus and Orchestra of Wales are first rate. Soprano Amanda Roocroft, heard in 'Jerusalem' and the Magnificat, has a vocal heft and dark-hued tone that suit this repertory perfectly.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (05/17/2012-05/19/2012).



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Works Details

>Parry, Charles H. : Te Deum, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (05/17/2012-05/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1911

>Parry, Charles H. : England, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (05/17/2012-05/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1918

>Parry, Charles H. : The Birds of Aristophanes, suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (05/17/2012-05/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Amanda Roocroft (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (05/17/2012-05/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Parry, Charles H. : The Glories of Our Blood and State, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (05/17/2012-05/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Parry, Charles H. : Magnificat, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Amanda Roocroft (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff (05/17/2012-05/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1897