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Track(s) taken from CDA67019

Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45

composer
1902
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: 7 minutes 8 seconds
 
1
Yea, cast me from heights  [1'24]
2
Whether I find thee  [0'58]
3
After many a dusty mile  [1'49]
4
It's oh to be a wild wind  [1'03]
5
Feasting I watch  [1'54]

Other recordings available for download

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)
Elgar worked on the series of male-voice songs to translations of the Greek Anthology in 1902. As a young man Elgar had served as accompanist at the Worcester Glee Club, and his biographer Basil Maine (whose book is largely based on interviews with Elgar himself) wrote: ‘On occasions young Elgar wrote music, not only for the soloists and the band, but also for the glee party. These five part-songs have all the air of having been written for one of these almost masonic occasions, if we allow for the maturing of style which has naturally taken place meanwhile … They are written so that a group of singers such as those who performed at the Worcester Club could sing them not only with comparative ease but with zest.’ Most of the songs are quite short, perfect miniatures, and expertly crafted; the biggest song, Feasting I Watch, can sound a little overblown at times, but is an effective piece nonetheless.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins 1998

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Elgar: The complete choral songs
CDA66271/22CDs Archive Service
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