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The castle by the sea

First line:
Hast thou seen that lordly castle?
circa 1865; SSATB SSATB
author of text
Das Schloss am Meere
translator of text

The castle by the sea is for two five-part choirs. Longfellow’s translation of Ludwig Uhland’s Das Schloss am Meere forms the basis of this part-song ballad in which choral antiphony and the full panoply of Stainer’s chromatic vocabulary are used to evoke the wondrous splendour of the medieval castle and coastal landscape; yet all is not well. Weeping is heard and, when the two choirs come together to form an opulent, ten-part threnody, a darkness descends as we realize, with Heine-esque irony, that the old king and queen mourn the death of their beautiful daughter.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2016


English Romantic Madrigals
Studio Master: CDA68140Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 11 on CDA68140 [6'48]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68140 track 11

Recording date
25 April 2015
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. English Romantic Madrigals (CDA68140)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: June 2016
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