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Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell ()

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composed by Arthur Sullivan, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Herbert Howells, Hubert Parry, John Tavener, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard Rodney Bennett, William H. Harris

The title of Hubert Parry's 1915 choral song cycle, Songs of Farewell, aptly sums up the theme and tone of this a cappella album featuring the British choral ensemble Tenebrae, led by its founder, Nigel Short. All of the works have an autumnal, valedictory mood, and would be appropriate for memorial or funeral services. The music is not morbid, though; most of it emphasizes the serenity of death and has an optimistic radiance. The selections range from a part song by Arthur Sullivan to Richard Rodney Bennett's 1999 A Good ...

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  1. The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159
  2. A Good-Night, for chorus
  3. Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, motet on the death of President Kennedy for chorus
  4. Funeral Ikos, for chorus
  5. Songs of Farewell (6), for chorus
  6. They are at rest, anthem for chorus
  7. The Turtle Dove, folk song for baritone & chorus
  8. The long day closes, for 4 male voices (from "7 Partsongs")
  9. Rest ("O earth, lie heavily upon her eyes"), partsong for chorus
  10. Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
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Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell
2011, Signum Classics

UPC: 635212026724

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