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Broadheath (Elgar's birthplace) by David Birtwhistle
Track(s) taken from CDA66271/2
Recording details: March 1987
The Chapter House, Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1987
Total duration: 6 minutes 0 seconds

Two Choral Songs, Op 71
composer
1914
author of text

Other recordings available for download
London Symphony Chorus, Stephen Westrop (chorus master), Vernon Handley (conductor)
Introduction
The two Opus 71 songs, to words by Henry Vaughan, are exquisitely written, deceptive in their (relative) simplicity. In The Shower, the altos and tenors have semiquavers against the tune’s quavers in a couple of places, suggesting the ‘train of drops’ of the title. The second song, The Fountain, refers to a stillness in nature (‘all the earth lay hush’); but then, ‘Only a little fountain lent Some use for ears’. The music of nature was always a potent force for Elgar: as a boy he had been found lying by the River Severn, ‘trying to fix the sounds’ as he wrote many years later.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins 1998


Other albums featuring this work
'Elgar: Choral Songs' (CDA67019)
Elgar: Choral Songs

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