Elgar: Great is the Lord

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The choral pieces on this CD -- anthems, hymns, odes, and service music -- support the proposition that Elgar was essentially a miniaturist who breaks the longer texts into shorter individual sections, each with its own character, rather than creating extended organic structures. Even his larger works, such as "Enigma Variations" and "The Dream of Gerontius," are made up of relatively short building blocks. It's perhaps this quality of fragmentation that has kept his choral music on the fringes of the English cathedral choir repertoire, while lesser composers such as Stanford and Howells are firmly established in that tradition. The shorter works, such as "O salutaris ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The choral pieces on this CD -- anthems, hymns, odes, and service music -- support the proposition that Elgar was essentially a miniaturist who breaks the longer texts into shorter individual sections, each with its own character, rather than creating extended organic structures. Even his larger works, such as "Enigma Variations" and "The Dream of Gerontius," are made up of relatively short building blocks. It's perhaps this quality of fragmentation that has kept his choral music on the fringes of the English cathedral choir repertoire, while lesser composers such as Stanford and Howells are firmly established in that tradition. The shorter works, such as "O salutaris hostia" and "Ave verum," have the most satisfying structural integrity. Each of these pieces contains many lovely moments, and they are successful in their liturgical function of providing music to support various aspects of the worship of the church. The Westminster Abbey Choir, conducted by James O'Donnell, is matchless in this repertoire. The choir of men and boys sings with terrific intonation and a blend that is unforced and pure. They project the music with an appealing simplicity and directness and with none of the affectation that can easily creep into performances of music of this era. Organist Robert Quinney accompanies the singers very ably and self-effacingly. Hyperion's sound is gorgeous and clean and pure, with just enough resonance to create the sense of grandeur for which this music was written.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571175935
  • Catalog Number: 67593
  • Sales rank: 395,201

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Psalm 48 "Great is the Lord," anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 67 - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (10:24)
  2. 2 They are at rest, anthem for chorus - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (2:56)
  3. 3 Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode: "So many true princesses who have gone", for chorus & military band - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (6:39)
  4. 4 Ave Maria gratia plena, motet for chorus, Op. 2/2 - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (3:11)
  5. 5 The Apostles, oratorio for soloists, choruses & orchestra, Op. 49: The Spirit of the Lord - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (7:23)
  6. 6 Te Deum and Benedictus, for chorus, orchestra & organ, Op. 34 - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (19:25)
  7. 7 O Salutaris Hostia I, for chorus & organ in F major - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (2:58)
  8. 8 Ave verum, motet for chorus, Op. 2/1 - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (2:39)
  9. 9 Ecce sacerdos magnus, gradual for chorus & orchestra (or organ) - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (3:14)
  10. 10 O Hearken Thou, offertory for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 64 - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (4:28)
  11. 11 Give unto the Lord (Psalm 29), anthem for chorus, organ & orchestra ad lib, Op. 74 - Choir of Westminster Abbey & Edward Elgar (8:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Choir of Westminster Abbey Primary Artist
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