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There Is Sweet Music: English Choral Songs 1890-1950


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If you love choral music you must have this disc. It's one of the all-time best Cambridge Singers recordings--a gold mine of excellent repertoire, perfectly sung. And if you haven't heard Stanford's impressionistic masterpiece The Blue Bird, you'll certainly never forget the impact of its dreamy harmonies and soaring melody once you've heard this inimitable performance. --David Vernier

1. The Blue Bird (Op.119,No.3)
2. Two Unaccompanied Part Songs: To Be Sung Of A Summer Night On The Water - I
3. Two Unaccompanied Part Songs: To Be Sung Of A Summer Night On The Water - II
4. There Is Sweet Music (Op.53, No.1)
5. My Love Dwelt In A Northern Land
6. Three Shakespeare Songs: 1. Full Fathom Five
7. Three Shakespeare Songs: 2. The Cloud-Capp'd Towers
8. Three Shakespeare Songs: 3. Over Hill, Over Dale
9. The Sailor And Young Nancy
10. Brigg Fair
11. Londonderry Air
12. The Three Ravens
13. My Sweetheart's Like Venus
14. The Oak And The Ash
15. Quick! We Have But A Second
16. Five Flower Songs, Op.47: 1. To Daffodils
17. Five Flower Songs, Op.47: 2. The Succession Of The Four Sweet Months
18. Five Flower Songs, Op.47: 3. Marsh Flowers
19. Five Flower Songs, Op.47: 4. The Evening Primrose
20. Five Flower Songs, Op.47: 5. Ballad Of Green Broom

Product Details

  • Performer: Nicholas Sears, The Cambridge Singers
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten, Frederick Delius, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, E. J. Moeran, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 5, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collegium/Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000031H1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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My favorite choral disc ever.
Lawrence H. Passmore
It's a masterpiece, and only a really good choir could hope to pull it off.
"kiwimuzo"
Excellent choice of English Choral Songs.
Margaret M. Arnold

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you haven't discovered yet how beautiful English choral music is, buy this disc right away. This recording is a collection of some of the most famous compositions by several composers (including folklore arrangements), so this is a perfect initiation for someone new to the genre. The melodies are ethereally beautiful, and the elegant singing by the Cambridge Singers does not dissapoint. The only missed opportunity is Phillip Sheffield instead of Mark Padmore in Brigg Fair. If you want to hear that song the way it REALLY should sound, get Grainger Edition Volume 3 where Padmore sings it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "kiwimuzo" on July 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album, featuring some of the best choral music ever to come out of England, and undoubtedly one of the best recordings I have heard from the Cambridge Singers. The folk song arrangements are clever and apt (though I agree with another reviewer's comment that the soloist in 'Brigg Fair' does not really do it justice), and the Shakespeare songs by Vaughan Williams are a vital part of the choral repertoire.
However, it was Elgar's rarely-sung title track that impressed me the most. It is set for 8-part choir, with the men in one key and the women a semitone higher! Now that may sound like it couldn't possibly work, but believe me, the result is inspired. Using Tennyson's classic text, Elgar weaves an eerie harmonic fabric that manages to maintain a soothing yet somehow unsettled quality. Even at the end, as the word "sleep" echoes back and forth in the two keys, one is never quite sure which gender will 'resolve' the conversation and let the listener lie. It's a masterpiece, and only a really good choir could hope to pull it off.
Another highlight is a very well known work, Stanford's 'The Blue Bird', which is extremely well-sung. In fact, I have yet to hear a recorded version of this that is as brilliantly lethargic or controlled.
At times we might desire a more Eastern-European 'bite' to the singing tone (I do not mean to imply that this is just a glorified cathedral choir with pure, non-vibrato projection - far from it!), but this is THEIR music after all, and it has all the more beauty for the treatment it has been given here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence H. Passmore on January 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I just nominated this CD as a best choral recording for Chorus America's newly created "Choral Recordings Archive."

The disc features soaring, gentle, a cappella, and (mostly) late-romantic English choral gems sung with exquisite tone and shaped with a celestial sensitivity. I would have been happier if the disc had ended with Bairstow's "The oak and the ash," as the remaining tracks --"Quick we have but a second" of Stanford, and Britten's Five Flower Songs -- strike me as a jarring departure from the feel of the rest of the disc. But the earlier selections are just incomparably sung.

My favorite choral disc ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TEDD POWELL on July 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Gorgeous, acapella choral music. The Cambridge Singers really can sing something besides John Rutter! English Choral sounds at their very best, with magical harmonic resolutions that transcend all emotion. I've listened to it at least 150 times and could never possibly tire of it!
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