Silence and Music (CD)

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SIGCD490
Artist:
Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh

This programme explores that vast twentieth-century secular English choral repertoire which goes under the generic title ‘partsongs’. It is an extraordinarily rich repertoire to which almost all the famous composers contributed. Buried amongst vast quantities of slightly twee pastoralism – the much-derided “cow-pat” school – are to be found many settings of glorious poetry, forming a corpus of sublime twentieth-century madrigals at least as fine as their famous renaissance forebears. However, this programme has another particular theme: how poets and composers reflect upon the natural world as a metaphor for our own emotional experience. At the heart of this programme is the complex relationship between man and nature, the bitter-sweetness of a radiant and beautiful dawn creating the same unbearable sadness of a ravishing song, and both with intimations of mortality.

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Tracklisting:

Britten:

The Evening Primrose

Dove:

Who killed Cock Robin?

Elgar:

There is sweet music, Op. 53 No. 1

Owls

Grainger:

The Three Ravens

Brigg Fair

Howells:

The Summer is coming

MacMillan:

The Gallant Weaver

Stanford:

The Blue Bird, Op. 119 No. 3

Vaughan Williams:

Silence and Music

Bushes and Briars

The Winter is gone

The Turtle Dove

Rest

Warlock:

All the Flowers of the Spring