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Jerusalem: British Chral Classics Import


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  • Audio CD (March 31, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence Australia
  • ASIN: B0007WW1XA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sir Hubert Parry: I Was Glad
2. Sir Hubert Parry: Long Since In Egypt's Plenteous Land
3. Sir Hubert Parry: Blest Pair Of Sirens
4. Sir Edward Bairstow: Blessed City, Heavenly Salem
5. Sir Edward Elgar: Great Is The Lord, Op. 67
6. Sir Edward Elgar: O Hearken Thou
7. Sir Edward Elgar: Give Unto The Lord, Op. 74
8. Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Te Deum Laudamus In B Flat
9. Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Magnificat In B Flat, Op. 10
10. Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Nunc Dimittis In B Flat, Op. 10
11. Patrick Hadley: My Beloved Spake
12. Sir Hubert Parry: Jerusalem

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Australian pressing features a total of 12 tracks. Decca. 2005.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Leech on February 3, 2009
Mr Peabody gives an excellent set of annotations on every item on this disc and I can find no fault in his descriptions/backgrounds etc on the music. But he is writing from a purist's viewpoint, which normally would not be a criticism.

He overlooks another approach to these works which is not uncommon in England. England has some of the best choirs in the world, and they commonly record this type of work with due musical respect to the composer's intentions. But these works are also sung at other times to express inspirational enthusiasm, rather than seek a purist's interpretation of the music.

If I may draw an imperfect parallel, they are used to give vent to emotions in a more classical manner, generally equivalent to much of the music in a lighter genre, that emerges from America's "Bible Belt", music sung for joy, not for the ultimate of interpretive integrity. To me, this release has been prepared concentrating on interpretations that express joy and inspiration, rather than purist readings of the music. And I think the producer has achieved this aim extremely well. With the works chosen, this is going to result in enthusiastic singing and orchestral playing (while there is a basis for the comment, I do think Mr Peabody takes the 'loud' criticism a shade too far - I was able to understand the singers, for example). I must admit there are sections where enthusiasm overtakes diction, making that understanding a little difficult, but venue acoustics play a part here too.

If you look at the titles and want perfect interpretations according to the composer's intentions, then go no further than Mr. Peabody's comments. But if you are seeking uplifting and inspiring approaches to this music,despite some minor flaws, I think you will find little better to satisfy these requirements. (Although Amazon has an import from Australia, these are British recordings on the Decca Eloquence label).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on September 22, 2008
OVERWHELMING MUSIC OVERWHELMINGLY OVERDONE!
English cathedral and occasional music of the last hundred years or so is generally performed with choir and organ.But more than might be guessed, was,in fact, scored by the composers for orchestra. The particular pleasure of this disc is the presence of the orchestra.

Charles Stanford(1852-1924) composed five settings of the daily church services which energized cathedral music at the time and remain in the repertory. This 'B flat service' is the earliest composed in 1879. He based the opening theme of the 'Te Deum' on a Gregorian intonation, then used it as a structural motif. The opening of the 'Magnificat', once heard, is never forgotten. Byrd called this type of composing 'music being framed to the life of the words'.

Hubert Parry(1848-1918) composed little cathedral music, but his processional anthem 'I Was Glad' for the sovereign's coronation in 1902 has been sung at all three since. The cantata 'Blest pair of Sirens' was dedicated to Stanford and the Bach Choir. The opening pages of 'Sirens' have been rated the most thrilling of all English music. From his oratorio 'Judith' we hear the ballad 'Long since in Egypt's Plenteous land', the song that is sung by the Queen to her children. Parry's most well known song 'Jerusalem' was first performed at a Vote for Women's concert in 1916, and in 1922 Elgar orchestrated it.

Edward Elgar (1857-1934) composed for a coronation: 'O Hearken Thou' which is a deeply devotional, while is other two anthems on this disc 'Great is the Lord' and 'Give unto the Lord' are, in contrast, vigourous and splendid.

Edward Bairstow(1874-1946) exerted a wide influence as a choral conductor and teacher.
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