Hubert Parry: 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.

Editor’s Choice: 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 – Classic FM Magazine

A tour-de-force of feather-light, eight-part polyphony – The Independent

Performed with Tenebrae’s customary poise – The Financial Times

Conductor Nigel Short extracts the themes of desperate longing beautifully from a clean and well balanced choral sound – BBC Music Magazine

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Nigel Short director

RELEASE DATE: 25/09/2011
BARCODE: 635212026724

1. The Evening-Watch Op.43 No.1 Gustav Holst 

2. A Good-Night Richard Rodney Bennett 

3. Take him, earth, for cherishing Herbert Howells

4. Funeral Ikos John Tavener 

5. My soul, there is a country Hubert Parry 

6. I know my soul hath power to know all things Hubert Parry

7. Never weather-beaten sail Hubert Parry 

8. There is an old belief Hubert Parry 

9. At the round earth’s imagined corners Hubert Parry

10. Lord, let me know mine end Hubert Parry 

11. They are at rest Edward Elgar 

12. The Turtle Dove Ralph Vaughan Williams 

13. The long day closes Arthur Sullivan, arr. Philip Lawson 

14. Rest Ralph Vaughan Williams 

15. Bring us, O Lord God William H. Harris

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