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Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45

composer
1902
author of text

 
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

Recordings

Elgar: Choral Songs
CDA67019Archive Service
Elgar: The complete choral songs
CDA66271/22CDs Archive Service

Details

No 1: Yea, cast me from heights
Track 5 on CDA66271/2 CD1 [1'26] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 4 on CDA67019 [1'24] Archive Service
No 2: Whether I find thee
Track 6 on CDA66271/2 CD1 [1'07] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 5 on CDA67019 [0'58] Archive Service
No 3: After many a dusty mile
Track 7 on CDA66271/2 CD1 [2'03] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 6 on CDA67019 [1'49] Archive Service
No 4: It's oh to be a wild wind
Track 8 on CDA66271/2 CD1 [0'50] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 7 on CDA67019 [1'03] Archive Service
No 5: Feasting I watch
Track 9 on CDA66271/2 CD1 [2'05] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 8 on CDA67019 [1'54] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66271/2 disc 1 track 6

Whether I find thee
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-87-27106
Duration
1'07
Recording date
26 March 1987
Recording venue
The Chapter House, Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Elgar: The complete choral songs (CDA66271/2)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: December 1987
    2CDs Archive Service
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