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The long day closes

First line:
No star is o'er the lake
author of text

While the combination of Chorley and Sullivan may not resonate widely today, it counted for much before the more familiar partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan took hold in the 1870s. Henry Fothergill Chorley, undeniably influential as a music critic and relentlessly ineffectual as a novelist and opera librettist, supplied the words for Arthur Sullivan’s Kenilworth in 1864. Although their next venture, an opera originally entitled The sapphire necklace, was never performed, Chorley and Sullivan scored one of the most enduring hits of the Victorian partsong literature following the 1868 publication of The long day closes. The work’s rich harmonic palette, its sonorous scoring for male voices and contemplative reflection on death’s hour satisfied both the market demand for popular secular choral compositions and prevailing vogue for decorous expressions of mourning and grief.

from notes by Andrew Stewart 2009


All in the April Evening
Parry: Songs of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD267Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Romance du Soir
SIGCD147Download only
The King's Singers - Live at the BBC Proms
SIGCD150Download only


Track 24 on CDH55243 [3'36]
Track 19 on SIGCD147 [4'21] Download only
Track 20 on SIGCD150 [4'22] Download only
Track 13 on SIGCD267 [3'48] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67076 track 24

Recording date
19 July 1998
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. All in the April Evening (CDA67076)
    Disc 1 Track 24
    Release date: April 1999
    Deletion date: August 2005
    Superseded by CDH55243
  2. All in the April Evening (CDH55243)
    Disc 1 Track 24
    Release date: November 2006
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