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Sir Hubert Parry composed some of the most masterful and moving choral music of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
His magnificent coronation anthem for Edward VII, I was glad, and his setting of Blake’s mystical poem Jerusalem rightly remain famous, while his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis display his debt to Anglican musical traditions.
The Songs of Farewell draw psalms and English poetry together into a charming garland, and ‘Long since in Egypt’s plenteous land’ from his oratorio Judith sets the composer’s own prayerful text.
“Choir, director and organist have clearly enjoyed themselves… a very high standard throughout. The Manchester Cathedral organ comes over well throughout. Highly recommended.” The Organ on a previous release
“The choir sings with an unusually expressive tonal vocabulary as well as with dynamic variation which makes it distinctive from other choirs… The whole thing is very refreshing.” Cathedral Music on a previous release
Hubert Parry: I was glad when they said unto me, Op. 51, "Psalm 122"
I was glad when they said unto me, Op. 51, "Psalm 122"
Hubert Parry: The Great Service
Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell
No. 1. My soul, there is a country
No. 2. I know my soul hath power to know all things
No. 3. Never weather-beaten sail
No. 4. There is an old belief
No. 5. At the round earth's imagined corners
No. 6. Lord, let me know mine end
Hubert Parry: Hear my words, ye people
Hear my words, ye people
Hubert Parry: Judith
Judith: Long since in Egypt's plenteous land
Hubert Parry: Jerusalem
“The performances of the "Great" Service and the two grand pièces d'occasion, I was glad and Hear my words, are sung with conviction, rhythmical vitality and control, and sensitively accompanied by Jeffrey Makinson…”
“The opening 'My soul, there is a country' immediately draws the listener in by its self-communing quality, and conductor Christopher Stokes intelligently punctuates Parry's response to Henry Vaughan's poetic adumbration of the afterlife.”