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Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45

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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


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


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 CDA67019 track 5

Whether I find thee
Recording date
16 April 1998
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
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  1. Elgar: Choral Songs (CDA67019)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: November 1998
    Deletion date: November 2006
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