Parry: Songs of Farewell

Following a string of five-star reviews for their previous albums of twentieth-century French choral music (Poulenc’s Figure Humaine—SIGCD197) and Renaissance polyphony (Victoria’s Requiem Mass—SIGCD248), the professional chamber-choir Tenebrae go from strength to strength with this new recording of British partsongs and choral music—centered on Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell.

Composed towards the end of Parry’s life, the Songs of Farewell have taken on something of an epithetical interpretation; they are almost a musical summation of his compositional life, reflecting Parry’s love of English renaissance madrigals and partsongs as much as the influence on his work from German composers like Brahms—made more complicated as these works were composed as the country (and its music) fell out of favour at the start of the Great War. This album also includes works by Tavener, Sullivan, Holst, Rodney Bennett, Howells, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

SIGCD267  75 minutes 52 seconds
'Parry's choral masterpieces, the six Songs of Farewell, composed between 1913 and 1915, represent a magnificent summation of his work as an English choral composer whose influence on several generati ...
'The Music Nigel Short's vocal ensemble Tenebrae continues its candlelit journey, after discs of Victoria's Requiem and Allegri's Miserere, with a programme of 15 brief English choral works … the ...
'Parry’s six unaccompanied motets are luminous setting sof texts by mainly seventeenth-century poets, reflecting his love of English renaissance madrigals and partsongs. The disc includes choral music ...