Songs of Farewell Tenebrae & Nigel Short

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Album-Release:
2011

HRA-Release:
03.01.2017

Label: Signum Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

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  • Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934):
  • 1The Evening-Watch, Op. 43, No. 104:59
  • Richard Rodney Bennett (1936 - 2012):
  • 2A Good-Night02:25
  • Herbert Howells (1892 - 1983):
  • 3Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing: Take him, earth, for cherishing09:02
  • John Tavener (1944 - 2013):
  • 4Funeral Ikos07:41
  • Hubert Parry (1848 - 1918): Songs of Farewell:
  • 5I. My soul, there is a country03:52
  • 6II. I know my soul hath power to know all things02:04
  • 7III. Never weather-beaten sail03:22
  • 8IV. There is an old belief04:52
  • 9V. At the round earth's imagined corners07:27
  • 10VI. Lord, let me know mine end10:58
  • Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934):
  • 11They are at rest03:39
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958):
  • 12The Turtle Dove03:18
  • Philip Lawson (1957), Arthur Sullivan (1842 - 1900):
  • 137 Partsongs: No. 6. The Long Day Closes (arr. P. Lawson)03:48
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958):
  • 14Rest03:51
  • William Henry Harris (1883 - 1973):
  • 15Bring Us, O Lord God (Live): Bring us, O Lord God04:01
  • Total Runtime01:15:19

Info for Songs of Farewell



Following a string of five-star reviews for their previous discs of 20th-century French choral music (Poulenc’s Figure Humaine – SIGCD197) and Renaissance polyphony (Victoria’s Requiem Mass – SIGCD248), the professional chamber-choir Tenebrae go from strength to strength with this new recording of British partsongs and choral music – centered 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. This disc also includes works by Tavener, Sullivan, Holst, Rodney Bennett, Howells, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

"Tenebrae’s performance, directed by Nigel Short, is gently sustained, immaculately balanced and wrapped in a luminous acoustic … If you have ever developed a resistance to Renaissance polyphony, this could be the disc to make you think again." (Financial Times)

" ... a tour-de-force of feather-light, eight-part polyphony" (The Independent)

"performed with Tenebrae’s customary poise." (The Financial Times)

"Precision, spot-on intonation and sensitive phrasing inform Tenebrae's affectionate performances of these settings of great English poets, the texts of which are provided in the classily produced booklet." (Editor's Choice, Classic FM Magazine)

Tenebrae
Nigel Short, director

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