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Track(s) taken from CDA67679

Fare Well

composer
circa 1974; dedicated to Patrick G Variano, Edwin E Snyder, S Talbot Thayer, and all their singers, in honor of Jacob Gunther (1885-1971)
author of text
Fare Well

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, James Burton (conductor)
Recording details: March 2008
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by Andrew Mellor
Release date: October 2008
Total duration: 8 minutes 23 seconds

Cover artwork: The Peaceable Kingdom (c1833) by Edward Hicks (1780-1849)
Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Reviews

'A vivid response to words is paramount in the 1936 sacred motet sequence The Peacable Kingdom … the performances do full justice to this little-known repertoire' (Choir & Organ)
Thompson’s setting of Walter De La Mare’s poem Fare Well, written in the twilight of his life as he entered his seventh decade, concludes this lovely recording by Schola Cantorum of Oxford. The work clearly demonstrates that Thompson continued to hold steadfastly to those tenets of choral writing that marked his compositional style for over fifty years. Composed a half-century later than The Last Invocation, Fare Well shows little stylistic change but a surer hand in creating more elegant vocal lines and a wider and more colourful harmonic vocabulary. The dark, minor-chord opening sets the tone for Thompson’s musical rumination on the theme of death, and melodic and harmonic sequences, trademark Thompson devices so expertly displayed in earlier works, are abundant in this sensitive setting of De La Mare’s poem.

from notes by Morten Lauridsen 2008

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