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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67019
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: 3 minutes 42 seconds

'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 Herald
First line:
A grim old king
composer
1925
author of text

Other recordings available for download
The Donald Hunt Singers, Donald Hunt (conductor)
Introduction
Dark hues characterize The Herald, a mixed-voice song brought out by Elkin, about a ‘grim old king’ going to his death, having ‘won a rich kingdom’, but now ‘in the sunset he was ebbing fast’. One wonders to what extent the world-weary composer, who had ruled the English musical kingdom some fifteen years earlier, was picturing himself in these words.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins 1998


Other albums featuring this work
'Elgar: The complete choral songs' (CDA66271/2)
Elgar: The complete choral songs

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