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SIG 267

Songs of Farewell

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 48Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Nigel Short


Gabriel Crouch


Tenebrae



Venue:

St Alban's, Holborn, London

3-5 Jan 2011

Producer:

Nicholas Parker



Engineer:

Andrew Mellor


Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Chamber


Choir

Total Time - 75:51
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GUSTAV HOLST

1 

The Evening-Watch Op.43 No.1

4:58
  Soloists: Matthew Long, Clare Wilkinson  
 

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT

2 

A Good-Night

2:58
   
 

HERBERT HOWELLS

3 

Take him, earth, for cherishing

9:02
   
 

JOHN TAVERNER

4 

Funeral Ikos

7:41
   
 

HUBERT PARRY

 

Songs of Farewell

 
5 My soul, there is a country 3:52
6 I know my soul hath power to know all things 2:04
7 Never weather-beaten sail 3:22
8 There is an old belief 4:52
9 At the round earth's imagined corners 7:27
10 Lord, let me know mine end 10:58
   
 

EDWARD ELGAR

11 

They are at rest

3:39
   
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

12 

The Turtle Dove

3:18
 Gabriel Crouch
 

ARTHUR SULLIVAN

arr. Philip Lawson
13 

The long day closes

3:48
  Soloists: Gabriel Crouch, William Gaunt, Matthew Long  
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

14 

Rest

3:51
   
 

WILLIAM HENRY HARRIS

15 

Bring us, O Lord God

4:01
   


Following a string of five-star reviews for their previous discs of 20th-century French choral music (Poulenc’s Figure Humaine - Sig 197) and Renaissance polyphony (Victoria’s Requiem Mass - SIG 248), 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 album also includes works by Tavener, Sullivan, Holst, Rodney Bennett, Howells, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Recent praise for Tenebrae’s recent recordings: "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

"... The tone quality achieved by Tenebrae is incredily smooth and consistent. There isn’t a hint of uneveness or unwanted peaks and troughs within individual voice parts. It’s an extremely easy choir to listen to and is well served by a natural, clear and close (though not analytical) recorded sound with notablyexcellent reproduction of the lower bass notes... This is a disc of jewels..."

Peter Lynan - International Record Review - February 2012


"...ravishing performance by Tenebrae..."

Jeremy Dibble - Gramophone - December 2011


                      Choral & Song Choice

Performance *****        Recording *****

"...Of this programme’s type, I can’t envisage hearing anything better."

Terry Blain - BBC Music Magazine - Christmas 2011


                   "Editor’s Choice"
"...Tenebrae’s intense, closely-mic’d sound is superbly balaced and textured; a soothing, uplifting antidote to our hectic lives... Precision, spot-on intonation and sensitive phrasing inform Tenebrae’s affectionate performances of these settings of great English poets ..." *****

Jeremy Nichols - Classic FM Magazine - December 2011





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