Edward Elgar: Go, song of mine


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.

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 -International Record Review

Trained impeccably by their director Ralph Allwood, the sound of these young voices is a mixture of sheer delight and sensitive musicianship … For me the outstanding interpretation is of the Five Part Songs – it’s simply stunning – Choir & Organ

Give unto the Lord [rounds off] this hugely enjoyable disc with aplomb – Gramophone

The Rodolfus Choir shine strongly in these well-loved Elgar part-songs choral works – MusicWeb International


The Rodolfus Choir

Tom Winpenny organ

Ralph Allwood director

RELEASE DATE: 03/12/2012
BARCODE: 635212031520

1. Go, song of mine, Op. 57

2. As torrents in summer

3. O salutaris hostia

4. My love dwelt in a northern land, Op. 18, No. 3

5. Ave, verum corpus, Op. 2, No. 1

6. I sing the birth

7. Love, Op. 18, No. 2

8. The Prince of Sleep

Four Choral Songs, Op. 53

9. I. There is sweet music

10. II. Deep in my soul

11. III. O wild west wind

12. IV. Owls an Epitaph

13. O Hearken Thou, Op. 64

14. Ave Maria, Op. 2, No. 2

15. Ave maris stella, Op.2, No. 3

Five Part Songs, Opp. 71-73

16. I. The Shower, Op. 71, No. 1

17. II. The Fountain, Op. 71, No. 2

18. III. Death on the Hills, Op. 72

19. IV. Love’s Tempest, Op. 73, No. 1

20. V. Serenade, Op. 73, No. 2

21. Give unto the Lord, Op. 74

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