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Track(s) taken from CDA67019

Two Choral Songs, Op 71

composer
1914
author of text

London Symphony Chorus, Stephen Westrop (chorus master), Vernon Handley (conductor)
Recording details: April 1998
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: November 1998
Total duration: 5 minutes 43 seconds
 
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Other recordings available for download

The Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood (conductor)
The Donald Hunt Singers, Donald Hunt (conductor)

Reviews

'Marvellous songs … most beautifully sung' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Deserves to remain the authoritative recording for many years to come' (Choir & Organ)

'No Elgar fan will want to miss the genuinely valuable disc. Another Hyperion success' (Classic CD)

'You cannot do better than a recent Hyperion disc of choral songs. The choral writing is beautiful in an understated way and the performances are winning' (The New York Times)
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

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