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Track(s) taken from CDA67593

They are at rest

composer
1909
author of text

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Recording details: July 2006
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by Simon Eadon & David Hinitt
Release date: February 2007
Total duration: 2 minutes 56 seconds
 
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They are at rest  [2'56]

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Reviews

'The Abbey Choir … give an excellent account of themselves, the trebles especially singing with the confidence of professional musicianship and with voices in fine, generous bloom. In some of the short, quieter pieces, such as They are at rest and Ecce sacerdos magnus, they achieve a standard as near perfection as any. And Robert Quinney is a tremendous asset: an organist who puts his technical skill to imaginative use, sometimes … to vivid effect. Recorded sound is both clear and spacious, and the authoritative booklet contains some evocative period photographs' (Gramophone)

'The Westminster Abbey Choir delivers its organ-accompanied programme with beautiful tonal colour and blend' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The most impressive items are Great is the Lord and Give unto the Lord, two powerfully expressive large-scale anthems composed just before the First World War. Their texts allow Elgar to explore a wide range of choral and organ effects in the service of some vividly graphic word-painting, which Westminster Abbey Choir bring to life with obvious relish' (The Daily Telegraph)

'James O'Donnell never lets a detail pass or an effect count for nothing; likewise the Westminster Abbey Choir. Rarities, such as the Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode of 1932, receive equal care and attention … above all, this disc projects Elgarian grandeur and dignity' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Every work on the disc receives a convincing performance. James O'Donnell has chosen the tempi carefully, allowing the music enough space to breathe in the Abbey's generous acoustic whilst managing to avoid any sense of dragging. The choir sings well throughout and almost without fail produces a well-blended sound. Robert Quinney's accompaniments are colourful and exciting … highly recommended' (Cathedral Music)

'The Choir of Westminster Abbey, directed by James O'Donnell, does great service in a programme ranging from his naive early pieces for his local Catholic Church, to Coronation music and an Ode, written for the unveiling of Queen Alexandra's memorial in 1932, one of his last pieces. Beautiful singing and sound quality from Hyperion' (Liverpool Daily Post)

'These choral works can be judged as small masterpieces' (ClassicsToday.com)
Elgar’s elegy for unaccompanied chorus sets words by Cardinal Newman. It was written in response to a commission from Sir Walter Parratt for an anthem to be sung on the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s death, and was first performed at the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore on 22 January 1910.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2007

Cette élégie pour chœur sans accompagnement met en musique un texte du cardinal Newman. Elle fut écrite en réponse à une commande de Sir Walter Parratt, qui voulait un anthem pour l’anniversaire de la mort de la reine Victoria, et fut créée au Royal Mausoleum de Frogmore le 22 janvier 1910.

extrait des notes rédigées par Lewis Foreman © 2007
Français: Hypérion

Elgars Elegie für Chor a cappella vertont Worte des Kardinals Newman. Sie entstand als Auftragskomposition für Sir Walter Parratt für ein Anthem, das zum Jahrestag des Todestages von Königin Viktoria gesungen werden sollte, und wurde am 22. Januar 1910 im Königlichen Mausoleum in Frogmore uraufgeführt.

aus dem Begleittext von Lewis Foreman © 2007
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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