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Evening Scene

First line:
The sheep-bell tolleth curfew-time
composer
1905
author of text
The River

 
Elgar was impressed by the musicianship of Robert Howson, who conducted the Morecambe Madrigal Society and had made it one of the finest choirs in the country. Elgar called him ‘one of the best men I ever met’ and ‘the musical soul of the Morecambe affair’. After Howson’s premature death in 1905 Elgar completed a part-song, Evening Scene, in his memory. He may well have written it also to compensate his friend Canon Gorton for having to miss the 1906 Festival (he had conducting commitments in America at the Cincinnati Festival). At its first performance at the 1906 Festival Samuel Langford of The Manchester Guardian called it ‘… a highly original bit of writing, a singularly faithful translation into tone of the drowsy, dreamy atmosphere of evening in the fields and its subdued sounds’.

from notes by Geoffrey Hodgkins © 1998

Recordings

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

Details

Track 13 on CDA66271/2 CD1 [3'53] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 22 on CDA67019 [2'58] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66271/2 disc 1 track 13

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-87-27113
Duration
3'53
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 13
    Release date: December 1987
    2CDs Archive Service
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