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A Walk with Ivor Gurney

A Walk with Ivor Gurney

Tenebrae and Nigel Short are joined by Aurora Orchestra together with mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly and narrator Simon Callow for A Walk with Ivor Gurney, an album celebrating the music of Ivor Gurney whose promising career as a composer was interrupted by World War I. Alongside four pieces of Gurney’s own music are works by his contemporaries, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells. The recording features a new piece by Judith Bingham commissioned by Tenebrae in 2013 for the choir with Dame Sarah Connolly.

A nourishing, thoughtfully compiled release… On this premiere recording, Sarah Connolly teams up with Tenebrae under Nigel Short’s watchful lead to give a performance of breathtaking composure, spine-tingling atmosphere and palpable conviction.

Gramophone Magazine
  • Release Date: 19 October 2018
  • Record Label: Signum
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD557
  • Location of Recording: St Giles-without-Cripplegate, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:27:23
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas TallisRalph Vaughan Williams14:16£ Listen
2Like as the HartHerbert Howells07:09£ Listen
3Since I believe in God the Father AlmightyIvor Gurney05:49£ Listen
4A Walk With Ivor GurneyJudith Bingham12:15£ Listen
5By a BiersideIvor Gurney04:28£ Listen
6In FlandersIvor Gurney03:15£ Listen
7SleepIvor Gurney03:32£ Listen
8An Oxford ElegyRalph Vaughan Williams22:51£ Listen
9Valiant for TruthRalph Vaughan Williams05:24£ Listen
10Lord thou hast been our refugeRalph Vaughan Williams08:18£ Listen

A nourishing, thoughtfully compiled release… On this premiere recording, Sarah Connolly teams up with Tenebrae under Nigel Short’s watchful lead to give a performance of breathtaking composure, spine-tingling atmosphere and palpable conviction.

Gramophone Magazine

…radiant playing from the Aurora Orchestra, opening the set with an austerely beautiful reading of Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia under Nigel Short.

The Arts Desk

Nigel Short’s peerless Tenebrae singers, backed by the Aurora Orchestra, offer nothing but sorrowful beauty and multiple reasons to give thanks.

The Times

Throughout this disc the singing of Tenebrae confirms their stature as one of the UK’s premier chamber choirs. Nigel Short has clearly prepared them for these assignments with great thoroughness and he conducts the programme with evident empathy. The contributions of the Aurora orchestra are excellent too. The technical aspects of the production were in the expert hands of producer Nicholas Parker and engineer Mike Hatch. They’ve done a fine job. The icing on the cake comes in the shape of Philip Lancaster’s outstanding booklet essay which is not only highly informative but also draws the threads of the programme together most successfully.

This imaginatively conceived and superbly executed programme is a wonderful way to honour one of the most tragic figures in twentieth-century British music. Tenebrae have done the memory of Ivor Gurney proud.

MusicWeb International

The disc’s title is from an extended piece for soloist and choir by Judith Bingham, commissioned by Tenebrae in 2013 and superbly sung by this top vocal ensemble. This is an album of riches.

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

Stunning singing from Connolly and Tenebrae… It’s a really well-conceived programme. The recording offers a perfect ambient halo: dark and resonant.

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review

Recording of the Month, MusicWeb International (October 2018)

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