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ELGAR: Ave Maria / Give unto the Lord / Te Deum and Benedictus, Op. 34

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2008

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio File

Artists:

Christopher Robinson



Jonathan Vaughn

organ

Engineer:

Eleanor Thomason



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 74:21
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EDWARD ELGAR

1 

Psalm 29, Op. 74, "Give unto the Lord"

7:52
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
2 

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

2:44
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
 

BIBLE - NEW TESTAMENT

3 

Ave Maria, Op. 2, No. 2

2:45
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
 

EDWARD ELGAR

4 

Ave maris stella, Op. 2, No. 3

4:03
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
5 

O hearken Thou, Op. 64

3:33
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
6 

Te Deum laudamus, Op. 34, No. 1

11:01
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
7 

Benedictus, Op. 34, No. 2

7:03
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
8 

O salutaris hostia

2:53
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
9 

Psalm 48, Op. 67, "Great is the Lord"

9:39
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
10 

The Apostles, Op. 49

6:53
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
11 

Go, song of mine, Op. 57

4:44
 
     
 

The Light of Life, Op. 29

 
12 Seek him that maketh the seven stars 6:45
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
     
13 Light of the World 4:26
 Jonathan Vaughn organ
 Christopher Robinson


Elgar’s sacred choral music possesses the same innate qualities so admired today in his orchestral music, namely an unerring sense for musical development and drama allied to a glorious ear for melody. This collection follows him from early settings for the Catholic liturgy, such as the three Opus 2 anthems written after he had succeeded his father as organist at St George’s in Worcester, right through to his heyday as the Empire’s bestknown composer, commissioned to write powerful settings such as Give unto the Lord for St Paul’s Cathedral in 1914. Great is the Lord of 1912 is considered his sacred masterpiece.

 Elgar’s shorter Latin settings, Ave verum corpus, Ave Maria, Ave maris stella, O hearken Thou and O salutaris hostia, are all quite lovely. The more ambitious Te Deum and Benedictus was written for the Hereford Three Choirs Festival of 1897 and, like the Psalm setting Great is the Lord (first heard at Westminster Abbey in 1912), shows Elgar at full stretch. It is also good to have the serene Prologue to The Apostles (1903), The Spirit of the Lord, and, finally the two memorable excerpts from Elgar’s first oratorio, The Light of Life, notably the stirring Light of the world, which is the exultant closing chorus. Splendid singing throughout and excellent recording make this a collection to treasure.  ***


The Penguin Guide - January 2009
 



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