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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: 4 minutes 38 seconds

'Another invaluable issue from Hyperion' (Music and Musicians)

My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, Op 18 No 3
composer
1890
author of text

Other recordings available for download
London Symphony Chorus, Stephen Westrop (chorus master), Vernon Handley (conductor)
Laudibus, Michael Brewer (conductor)
Introduction
Elgar’s first published part-song dates from 1890 and marks the beginning of his association with the publishers Novello. It was a cautious and rather inauspicious start from their point of view; they offered no money to the composer, merely a hundred copies in lieu of copyright. When My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land first appeared, it was said to be ‘crude, ill-written for the voice, laid out without knowledge of the capabilities of the human voice &c &c!’, as Elgar told his friend Jaeger many years later. Yet it is a fine song, despite a conventional setting. In the third verse the melody is given to Soprano and Tenor I, while the other parts sing the words to a repetitive, rhythmic motif – an ‘accompaniment’ device Elgar later used in two of his greatest songs, Death on the Hills and Serenade. One might also note in passing that Lang’s poem has the theme – popular in Victorian times and frequently used by Elgar – of youthful love, often unfulfilled and/or brought to an end by premature death.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins 1998


Other albums featuring this work
'All in the April Evening' (CDH55243)
All in the April Evening
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55243  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Elgar: Choral Songs' (CDA67019)
Elgar: Choral Songs

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