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Track(s) taken from CDH55243
Recording details: July 1998
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: April 1999
Total duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds

'It's a delightful disc … if there was a 'Critics' Fancy' it would be there sure enough' (Gramophone)

'This is a delightfully nostalgic trip through English part-singing from the first half of the 20th century. The programme is deftly chosen and Laudibus give heart-warming accounts' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Bright, youthful choir timbre, affectionate yet staunch renditions, and superior sound from the Hyperion engineers. Recommend you buy on sight. Repeat, buy on sight' (American Record Guide)

'Phrasing, diction, internal balance and attention to detail, all captured in a warm acoustic, contribute towards superb readings of Orpheus favourites' (Classic FM Magazine)

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

Other recordings available for download
The Donald Hunt Singers, Donald Hunt (conductor)
London Symphony Chorus, Stephen Westrop (chorus master), Vernon Handley (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
'Elgar: Choral Songs' (CDA67019)
Elgar: Choral Songs
'Elgar: The complete choral songs' (CDA66271/2)
Elgar: The complete choral songs

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