Elgar: Great is the Lord

Elgar: Great is the Lord

by Choir of Westminster Abbey
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571175935
catalogNumber:
67593

Related Subjects

Tracks

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

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