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Edward Elgar: "Go, Song of Mine" - Part-Songs and Choral Works / The Rodolfus Choir

Audio Samples

>Elgar, Edward : Go, Song of mine, Op. 57
>Elgar, Edward : Saga of King Olaf, Op. 30
>     As torrents in summer
>Elgar, Edward : O Salutaris Hostia I, for chorus in F major
>Elgar, Edward : Partsongs (3), Op. 18
>     3. My love dwelt in a northern land
>     2. Love
>Elgar, Edward : Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 no 1
>Elgar, Edward : I Sing the birth, carol for chorus
>Elgar, Edward : The Prince of Sleep, partsong for chorus
>Elgar, Edward : Choral Songs (4), Op. 53
>Elgar, Edward : O Hearken Thou, offertory for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 64
>Elgar, Edward : Ave Maria, Op. 2 no 2
>Elgar, Edward : Ave maris stella, motet for chorus, Op. 2/3
>Elgar, Edward : Songs (2) for chorus, Op. 71
>Elgar, Edward : Death on the Hills, for chorus, Op. 72
>Elgar, Edward : Choral Songs (2), Op. 73
>Elgar, Edward : Give unto the Lord, Op. 74

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Go, Song of mine, Op. 57
>Elgar, Edward : Saga of King Olaf, Op. 30
>Elgar, Edward : O Salutaris Hostia I, for chorus in F major
>Elgar, Edward : Partsongs (3), Op. 18
>Elgar, Edward : Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 no 1
>Elgar, Edward : I Sing the birth, carol for chorus
>Elgar, Edward : The Prince of Sleep, partsong for chorus
>Elgar, Edward : Choral Songs (4), Op. 53
>Elgar, Edward : O Hearken Thou, offertory for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 64
>Elgar, Edward : Ave Maria, Op. 2 no 2
>Elgar, Edward : Ave maris stella, motet for chorus, Op. 2/3
>Elgar, Edward : Songs (2) for chorus, Op. 71
>Elgar, Edward : Death on the Hills, for chorus, Op. 72
>Elgar, Edward : Choral Songs (2), Op. 73
>Elgar, Edward : Give unto the Lord, Op. 74
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Drawn from across the composer's lengthy career, this collection of Part-Songs and Choral Works explores the great variety and range within Elgar's work for choir and voices. Along with more well-known works such as Love and Deep in my Soul there are early pieces such as O Salutaris hostia (composed for small amateur choirs) that give hints of his later mature style, through to the 1928 piece I sing the Birth - a work that shows Elgar's ability to adapt to more contemporary styles of 20th-century choral composition. The Rodolfus Choir have established themselves as one of the leading youth choirs in Britain, made up of singers aged from 16 to 25 who have been chosen from past and present members of the Eton Choral Courses for prospective choral scholars. Many members of the Choir are choral scholars, some are at Music College, and most hope to make a career in music. The Rodolfus Choir and Ralph Allwood are well-known for imaginative programming, and for presenting new music. The Rodolfus Choir's recent CD recordings with Signum include music as diverse as Howells, Monteverdi, Grier, Tallis and the German Romantics.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
The engineering is cool, clear, and close; Signum's booklet comes with notes and full texts.

International Record Review, March 2013
The strength and major appeal of this disc will surely be the opportunity it presents to discover just how much Elgar could be an explorer ... Elgarians and others tempted by the works assembled in this new collection can be assured that it is on a par with the best of them.

MusicWeb International, April 2013
The Rodolfus Choir shine strongly in these well-loved Elgar part-songs choral works.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
The delicacy (and occasional fragility) of the Rodolfus's young voices make the effect [in 'Owls'] even more poignant...[Give unto the Lord] rounds off this hugely enjoyable disc with aplomb.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
The combination of Ralph Allwood and the Rodolfus Choir usually means quality. It does again here in this excellently sung recital of Elgar choral pieces. It's hard, in fact, to imagine 'Go, song of mine', the opening item, done better...When simplicity of utterance is necessary, the Rodolfus deliver it unfussily.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Gabriel's Church, Pimlico.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Go, Song of mine, Op. 57
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Ensemble: The Rodolfus Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1909

>Elgar, Edward : Saga of King Olaf, Op. 30 :: As torrents in summer
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1894-1896

>Elgar, Edward : O Salutaris Hostia I, for chorus in F major
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1880

>Elgar, Edward : Partsongs (3), Op. 18 :: 3. My love dwelt in a northern land
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Elgar, Edward : Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 no 1
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Elgar, Edward : I Sing the birth, carol for chorus
  • Performer: Sam Jenkins
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1928

>Elgar, Edward : Partsongs (3), Op. 18 :: 2. Love
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Elgar, Edward : The Prince of Sleep, partsong for chorus
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Elgar, Edward : Choral Songs (4), Op. 53
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1908

>Elgar, Edward : O Hearken Thou, offertory for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Elgar, Edward : Ave Maria, Op. 2 no 2
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Elgar, Edward : Ave maris stella, motet for chorus, Op. 2/3
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Elgar, Edward : Songs (2) for chorus, Op. 71
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Elgar, Edward : Death on the Hills, for chorus, Op. 72
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Elgar, Edward : Choral Songs (2), Op. 73
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Elgar, Edward : Give unto the Lord, Op. 74
  • Conductor: Ralph Allwood
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914