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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67206
Recording details: May 2000
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 2000
Total duration: 2 minutes 47 seconds

'An appealing collection of choral works from the composer of the celebrated carol, Three Kings from Persian lands afar. Polyphony are perfect advocates of this richly woven choral writing and the solo singing is very fine too' (Gramophone)

'These are superior performances, Layton’s group Polyphony offering refined tone and exceptional precision, together with a careful observation of Cornelius’s dynamics and fluent phrasing' (BBC Music Magazine)

‘Enthusiastically recommended’ (American Record Guide)

'Polyphony sing with solemn beauty. The sound is sumptuous and richly atmospheric' (The Guardian)

'This program offers an exciting trip into what for most listeners will be a world of happy discovery' (ClassicsToday.com)

So weich und warn
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Cornelius’s last work was So weich und warm for four-part mixed choir, which he composed in the month of his death (October 1874). The autograph score reveals that the version in the second volume of his Musikalische Werke was not his work, at least in terms of several short sections of choral scoring and tempo markings (the published score was probably completed by Cornelius’s pupil Karl Hoffbauer). Cornelius had known Paul Heyse since his years in Berlin, and even though in the intervening years they had come to differ over Wagner, the composer still valued his poetry. The four-voiced, mixed choral piece represents a reworking of an earlier vocal duet. This alternately imitative and homophonic, strophic setting of Heyse’s poem is a fitting last work for the composer who often achieved his greatest effects with the simplest of means.

from notes by James Deaville © 2000

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