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Parry: Songs of Farewell / Nigel Short, Tenebrae

Audio Samples

>Holst, Gustav : The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159
>Bennett, Richard R. : A Good-Night, for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Take him, earth, for cherishing
>Tavener, John : Funeral Ikos, for chorus
>Parry, Charles Hubert : Songs of Farewell (6), for chorus
>Elgar, Edward : They are at rest, anthem for chorus
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Turtle Dove, folk song for baritone & chorus
>Sullivan, Arthur : The long day closes, for 4 male voices (from "7 Partsongs")
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Rest
>Harris, William H. : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159
>Bennett, Richard R. : A Good-Night, for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Take him, earth, for cherishing
>Tavener, John : Funeral Ikos, for chorus
>Parry, Charles Hubert : Songs of Farewell (6), for chorus
>Elgar, Edward : They are at rest, anthem for chorus
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Turtle Dove, folk song for baritone & chorus
>Sullivan, Arthur : The long day closes, for 4 male voices (from "7 Partsongs")
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Rest
>Harris, William H. : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Following a string of five-star reviews for their previous discs of 20th-century French choral music (Poulenc's Figure Humaine ) and Renaissance polyphony (Victoria's Requiem), the professional chamber-choir Tenebrae go from strength to strength with this new recording of British partsongs and choral music - centred on Hubert Parry's Songs of Farewell.

Composed towards the end of Parry's life, the Songs of Farewell have taken on something of an epithetical interpretation; they are almost a musical summation of his compositional life, reflecting Parry's love of English renaissance madrigals and partsongs as much as the influence on his work from German composers like Brahms - made more complicated as these works were composed as the country (and its music) fell out of favour at the start of the Great War.

Following a string of five-star reviews for their previous discs of 20th-century French choral music (Poulenc's Figure Humaine ) and Renaissance polyphony (Victoria's Requiem), the professional chamber-choir Tenebrae go from strength to strength with this new recording of British partsongs and choral music – centred on Hubert Parry's Songs of Farewell.

Composed towards the end of Parry's life, the Songs of Farewell have taken on something of an epithetical interpretation; they are almost a musical summation of his compositional life, reflecting Parry's love of English renaissance madrigals and partsongs as much as the influence on his work from German composers like Brahms – made more complicated as these works were composed as the country (and its music) fell out of favor at the start of the Great War.635212026823

"[Tenebrae's] account of Parry's Songs of Farewell abounds in subtleties of phrasing and telling distinctions of dynamic, yet flows beautifully, the textual narrative unfolding with a rare continuity and coherence. Technically the singing is impeccable without being at all effortful or studied...Huge credit to Nigel Short. Of this programme's type, I can't envisage hearing anything better." -BBC Music Magazine

"Short gives wonderful shape to the well-known 'My soul, there is a country' and extracts that essential longing from 'I know my soul hath power'...Most impressive, however, is the fluidity of the double-choir motet, 'Lord, let me know mine end', the textual clarity and emotional intensity of that fairly summarises the complexity of the composer's heterodoxy." -Gramophone



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Works Details

>Holst, Gustav : The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159
  • Performer: Matthew Long
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Bennett, Richard R. : A Good-Night, for chorus
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/03/2011-01/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Howells, Herbert : Take him, earth, for cherishing
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/03/2011-01/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964

>Tavener, John : Funeral Ikos, for chorus
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/03/2011-01/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1981

>Parry, Charles Hubert : Songs of Farewell (6), for chorus
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/03/2011-01/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1918

>Elgar, Edward : They are at rest, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/03/2011-01/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1909

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Turtle Dove, folk song for baritone & chorus
  • Performer: Gabriel Crouch (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/03/2011-01/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1924

>Sullivan, Arthur : The long day closes, for 4 male voices (from "7 Partsongs")
  • Performers: Gabriel Crouch (Baritone); William Gaunt (Bass); Matthew Long
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/03/2011-01/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Rest
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/03/2011-01/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Harris, William H. : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
  • Conductor: Nigel Short
  • Notes: St. Alban's Church, Holborn, London, England (01/03/2011-01/05/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959