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Two Choral Songs, Op 73
composer
1914
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translator of text

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'Elgar: Choral Songs' (CDA67019)
Elgar: Choral Songs
'Elgar: Go, song of mine & other choral works' (SIGCD315)
Elgar: Go, song of mine & other choral works
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'Elgar: The complete choral songs' (CDA66271/2)
Elgar: The complete choral songs
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No 1: Love's Tempest  Silent lay the sapphire ocean
No 2: Serenade  Dreams all too brief

Two Choral Songs, Op 73
A translation of Maykov provides the words of the first Opus 73 song, Love’s Tempest. Each verse begins quietly and slowly before a great outburst allegro con fuoco, representing first a storm at sea, and then a ‘tumult’ in the poet’s heart created by a mental image of his loved one. The song’s companion, Serenade, has a repetitive refrain, ‘Dreams all too brief, Dreams without grief, Once they are broken, come not again’; ideal for a composer preoccupied with dreams, and whose precarious emotional equilibrium was being constantly threatened.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins 1998

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