The Best of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The British choir Laudibus some years ago issued a re-creation of the sound and repertory of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir on the Hyperion label, and listeners whose interest was piqued by that release can now try out the real thing. The Glasgow Orpheus Choir was founded in 1906, evolving out of an earlier group with the less mellifluous name of Toynbee House Musical Association; it lasted until 1951. A negative for this Regis release is that it includes no indication of where or when the recordings were made; it must have been late in the choir's career, for the sound quality, surely due in part to the efforts of producer Tony Watts, is remarkably good. The Orpheus Choir was...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The British choir Laudibus some years ago issued a re-creation of the sound and repertory of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir on the Hyperion label, and listeners whose interest was piqued by that release can now try out the real thing. The Glasgow Orpheus Choir was founded in 1906, evolving out of an earlier group with the less mellifluous name of Toynbee House Musical Association; it lasted until 1951. A negative for this Regis release is that it includes no indication of where or when the recordings were made; it must have been late in the choir's career, for the sound quality, surely due in part to the efforts of producer Tony Watts, is remarkably good. The Orpheus Choir was a community organization made up of nonprofessional singers; director Hugh Robertson conceived of the ensemble as a way of protecting Scotland's musical heritage. He arranged a good deal of its music himself, producing lush Victorian harmonizations of what he thought of as Scottish traditional songs, as well as psalms, familiar tunes like Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and non-Scottish pieces like the "Londonderry Air." Some pieces were performed a cappella, others with piano accompaniment; the lurch between the two here, with segments obviously drawn from different sources, is pretty disconcerting. The choir also performed contemporary British choral pieces by the likes of Charles Villiers Stanford; it didn't always quite have the chops for these. But in the core repertory of Scottish songs, the choir is quite affecting and the sound is unique. Unlike the tendency in modern community groups, the Glasgow Orpheus Choir was male heavy -- or at least coached to sound that way -- and the result is a rich, lyrical sound that plays up the sentimental lyrics which can be quite hard to pick out if full for no texts are provided without ever losing expressive control. This is an unusual collection of choral music that will be of interest to any lover of choral art or aficionado of the traditional music of the British Isles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2013
  • Label: Regis
  • EAN: 5055031312801
  • Catalog Number: 1280
  • Sales rank: 319,498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 By Cool Siloam's Shady Rill - MacNutt & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (4:11)
  2. 2 Songs of the Hebrides: Peat-fire Smooring Prayer - Marjory Kennedy-Fraser & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (4:18)
  3. 3 Ae fond kiss - Robert Burns & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:17)
  4. 4 Bonnie Dundee - Anonymous & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (2:00)
  5. 5 Orlington, psalm tune for chorus - John Campbell & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:58)
  6. 6 Songs of the Hebrides: An Eriskay Love Lilt - Marjory Kennedy-Fraser & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:49)
  7. 7 Ca' the ewes to the knowes - Robert Burns & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (2:52)
  8. 8 Dashing White Sageant - Anonymous & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (1:59)
  9. 9 Crimond - David Grant & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:35)
  10. 10 Hark, Hark The Echo Falling, for chorus - Kenneth Rothery & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (1:52)
  11. 11 The Blue Bird - Charles Villiers Stanford & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:10)
  12. 12 Ellan Vannin, folk song (Manx) - British Isles Traditional & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:12)
  13. 13 All in the April evening - Hugh S. Roberton & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:42)
  14. 14 White Waves On the Water, for chorus - Hugh S. Roberton & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (2:42)
  15. 15 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:18)
  16. 16 The Cloud Capp'd Towers (Choral Album No. 19), for chorus - Halsey Stevens & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (2:03)
  17. 17 The Immortal Hour, opera: The Faery Song - Rutland Boughton & Fiona MacLeod (1:18)
  18. 18 Far Away (Londonderry Air) / The Old Woman (Roberton) - Various Composers & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (4:02)
  19. 19 Go Lovely Rose, for chorus - Thoman & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (2:28)
  20. 20 O can ye sew cushions - English Traditional & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:15)
  21. 21 Iona (Hebridean carol) - Anonymous & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (2:38)
  22. 22 Mice and Men, for chorus (Tune: Desert) - Traditional & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (2:06)
  23. 23 Kedron, for chorus - Hugh S. Roberton & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (2:49)
  24. 24 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - Franz Gruber & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (2:32)
  25. 25 All through the night, traditional Welsh song arranged for mixed voices - Hugh S. Roberton & Glasgow Orpheus Choir (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Glasgow Orpheus Choir Primary Artist
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