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Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell

Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell

Following a string of five-star reviews for their previous discs of 20th-century French choral music and Renaissance polyphony, the professional chamber choir Tenebrae go from strength to strength with this new recording of British part songs 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 disc also includes works by Tavener, Sullivan, Holst, Rodney Bennett, Howells, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Precision, spot-on intonation and sensitive phrasing inform Tenebrae’s affectionate performances of these settings of great English poets… superbly balanced and textured; a soothing, uplifting antidote to our hectic lives

–  Editor’s Choice, Classic FM Magazine
  • Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Record Label: Signum Classics
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD267
  • Location of Recording: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:15:54
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1The Evening-Watch Op.43 No.1Gustav Holst04:59£ Listen
2A Good-NightRichard Rodney Bennett02:58£ Listen
3Take him, earth, for cherishingHerbert Howells09:02£ Listen
4Funeral IkosJohn Tavener07:41£ Listen
5Songs of Farewell: My soul, there is a countryHubert Parry03:52£ Listen
6Songs of Farewell: I know my soul hath power to know all thingsHubert Parry02:04£ Listen
7Songs of Farewell: Never weather-beaten sailHubert Parry03:22£ Listen
8Songs of Farewell: There is an old beliefHubert Parry04:52£ Listen
9Songs of Farewell: At the round earth’s imagined cornersHubert Parry07:27£ Listen
10Songs of Farewell: Lord, let me know mine endHubert Parry10:58£ Listen
11They are at restEdward Elgar03:39£ Listen
12The Turtle DoveRalph Vaughan Williams03:18£ Listen
13The long day closesArthur Sullivan, arr. Philip Lawson03:48£ Listen
14RestRalph Vaughan Williams03:51£ Listen
15Bring us, O Lord GodWilliam H. Harris04:01£ Listen

Precision, spot-on intonation and sensitive phrasing inform Tenebrae’s affectionate performances of these settings of great English poets… superbly balanced and textured; a soothing, uplifting antidote to our hectic lives

–  Editor’s Choice, Classic FM Magazine

“…performed with Tenebrae’s customary poise”

–  The Financial Times

Tenebrae’s account of Parry’s Songs of Farewell abounds in subtleties of phrasing and telling distinctions of dynamic, yet flows beautifully, the textual narrative unfolding with a rare continuity and coherence. Technically the singing is impeccable without being at all effortful or studied…Huge credit to Nigel Short. Of this programme’s type, I can’t envisage hearing anything better.

–  BBC Music Magazine

“…ravishing performance by Tenebrae”

–  Gramophone Magazine

Nominated: BBC Music Magazine ‘Best Choral Performance’ Award (2012)

Editor’s Choice, Classic FM Magazine


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