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A Song of Farewell - Music of Mourning & Consolation

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Paul McCreesh


Gabrieli Consort



Venue:

Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral

8-10 Nov 2009

Producer:

Adrian Peacock



Engineer:

Neil Hutchinson



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 76:56
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ORLANDO GIBBONS

arr. Percy Dearmer
1 

Drop, Drop, Slow Tears

2:00
   
 

WILLIAM WALTON

2 

A Litany: Drop, Drop, Slow Tears

4:25
   
 

ROBERT WHITE

3 

Christe, Qui Lux Es Et Dies (I)

4:29
   
 

JAMES MACMILLAN

4 

A Child's Prayer

4:12
   
 

JOHN SHEPPARD

5 

In Manus Tuas (I)

4:05
   
 

JONATHAN DOVE

6 

Into Thy Hands

8:14
   
 

THOMAS MORLEY

7 

Funeral Sentences

10:16
   
 

EDWARD ELGAR

8 

They Are At Rest

3:31
   
 

HERBERT HOWELLS

 

Requiem

 
9 I Salvator Mundi 2:37
10 II The Lord Is My Shepherd 2:47
11 III Requiem Aeternam (1) 4:53
12 IV I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto The Hills 2:59
13 V Requiem Aeternam (2) 5:08
14 VI I Heard A Voice From Heaven 5:38
   
 

C. HUBERT H. PARRY

15 

Lord, Let Me Know Mine End

11:42
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A Song of Farewell – Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh

Continuing Signum’s new partnership with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort following the triumphant success of their recording of Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts (SIG 280), this recording offers a beautifully poignant programme of a cappella music for mourning and consolation, including works by composers as diverse as Morley and Dove, Sheppard and Walton, and notably the sublime Requiem of Herbert Howells.



                           Fono Forum - Tipp

        Musik  ***** (Excellent)        Sound ***** (Excellent)

 

Marcus Stäbler  - Fono Forum magazine - August 2012


"...A fine disc - buy it"

Gary Higginson - MusicWeb-International.com - July 2012


          Recording of the Month
"This is a disc of staggering beauty and effortless sophistication. Every element of it oozes care in conception and execution right down to the austere simplicity of the pure white booklet design and tastefully discreet aquamarine print. I am wary of compilation albums and also of baroque specialists who suddenly turn their hand to other eras of music. On both fronts Paul McCreesh and his superb Gabrieli Consort prove me woefully wrong in this instance... The Gabrieli’s enormous skill is their super-sensitive response to the texts and an extraordinarily fine control of dynamic, balance and line...A disc of the year without doubt."
 
Nick Barnard - Musicweb-International.com - 12 May 2012


"...certainly impressive !"

CB - Early Music Review - April 2012


"...An excellent disc ..."

Richard Lawrence - Gramophone magazine - May 2011


                      Recording of the Month

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

"...This is a superlative, unmissable issue."

Terry Blain - BBC Music Magazine - Awards Issue 2012
 


               ’Disc of the Month’

"...The centrepiece of the recital is the luminously beautiful Requiem of Herbert Howells. The remainder of the programme has been chosen with discerning perception and it will be noted that that there are some intelligent – and contrasting – pairings ...Some years ago John Rutter demonstrated in several recordings with his Cambridge Singers that the acoustic of Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel is ideal for repertoire and forces such as this. On this occasion producer Adrian Peacock and balance engineer Neil Hutchinson have achieved a superb recording which captures the warm, intimate ambience of the venue and which achieves a fine clarity at the same time. The documentation is excellent and is beautifully produced. This is a disc of great distinction."
 
John Quinn - musicweb-international.com - 11 April 2012
 





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