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A Song of Farewell: Music of Mourning and Consolation

Gabrieli Consort & Players

A Song of Farewell: Music of Mourning and Consolation

...staggering beauty
SIGCD281 (Signum Classics)
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Track Time Listen
1
Drop, drop, slow tears

Drop, drop, slow tears

Composer Orlando Gibbons
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
02:06 Play $1.70
2
A Litany: Drop, drop, slow tears

A Litany: Drop, drop, slow tears

Composer William Walton
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
04:24 Play $1.70
3
Christe, qui lux es et dies

Christe, qui lux es et dies

Composer Robert White
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
04:30 Play $1.70
4
A child's prayer

A child's prayer

Composer James MacMillan
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
04:19 Play $1.70
5
In manus tuas (I)

In manus tuas (I)

Composer John Sheppard
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
04:12 Play $1.70
6
Into thy hands

Into thy hands

Composer Jonathan Dove
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
08:19 Play $3.40
7
Funeral sentences

Funeral sentences

Composer Thomas Morley
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
10:26 Play $5.10
8
They are at rest

They are at rest

Composer Edward Elgar
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
03:29 Play $1.70
9
Requiem: I. Salvator mundi

Requiem: I. Salvator mundi

Composer Herbert Howells
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
02:35 Play $1.70
10
Requiem: II. The Lord is my shepherd

Requiem: II. The Lord is my shepherd

Composer Herbert Howells
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
02:47 Play $1.70
11
Requiem: III. Requiem aeternam

Requiem: III. Requiem aeternam

Composer Herbert Howells
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
04:55 Play $1.70
12
Requiem: IV. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills

Requiem: IV. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills

Composer Herbert Howells
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
02:59 Play $1.70
13
Requiem: V. Requiem aeternam (2)

Requiem: V. Requiem aeternam (2)

Composer Herbert Howells
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
05:09 Play $3.40
14
Requiem: VI. I heard a voice from heaven

Requiem: VI. I heard a voice from heaven

Composer Herbert Howells
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
05:40 Play $3.40
15
Lord, let me know mine end (from Songs of Farewell)

Lord, let me know mine end (from Songs of Farewell)

Composer C. H. H. Parry
Conductor Paul McCreesh
Band Gabrieli Consort
11:43 Play $5.10
Total Running Time 78 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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This latest release from the successful partnership of Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort is an a cappella programme of music for mourning and consolation. This is a beautifully poignant programme of British choral music, including works by composers as diverse as Morley and Dove, Sheppard and Walton and featuring Howells' sublime Requiem.

This album is licensed for download from Signum Classics. 

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Gabrieli Consort & Players

Gabrieli Consort & Players

The Gabrieli Consort & Players is a British vocal and instrumental ensemble which was founded in 1982 by Paul McCreesh who specialise in early music.
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Paul McCreesh

Paul McCreesh

Paul McCreesh is founder and artistic director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, with whom he has established himself at the highest level in the period instrument field.
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Great musicians are born of thousands of hours spent practicing alone, learning the craft. Great musicianship is not about flashy virtuosity, slithery social networking or eye-popping websites. No amount of PR wizardry is going to make you a great artist. Some make dramatic breakthroughs as teenagers (witness Benjamin Grosvenor) but most will take much longer. There's no rush, it's not a race. Take your time and choose the right moment. And, most importantly, learn from the best. This recording is a good place to start.

Budding singers, composers, conductors and producers everywhere take note: this is how it's done.

Paul McCreesh founded the Gabrieli Consort in 1982 and for 15 years had a productive recording relationship with DeutscheGrammophon, winning numerous accolades along the way. But over time it became clear that McCreesh and DG had different artistic visions, so they amicably parted company and McCreesh bravely formed his own label, Winged Lion, and recorded the massive Berlioz Grande Messe des Marts (which we awarded five stars in our December issue) and this, their glorious second album.

A Song of Farewellwas recorded in the warmly reverberant acoustic of the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral. The singing is immaculate. James MacMillan's A Child's Prayer builds from a quietly pulsing heart beat, deep in the bass register, and blooms ecstatically on the words 'Joy and love my heart are filling'. The soprano soloists "" Amy Moore and Kirsty Hopkins "" deserve a special mention for sustaining a sumptuous tone whilst all the while their voices ascend heavenward. MacMillan's music is as technically demanding as it is emotionally powerful and it is a wonder that these exceptional young singers make it all sound so effortless.

Herbert Howells composed his Requiem in 1932, but the music went on to have a life far beyond its initial intent. In 1935 Howells' nine-year-old son Michael died suddenly of polio; it was a tragedy that would colour Howells' life and music until the day he died nearly 50 years later. Howells worked through the suffocating grief to produce one of the most highly regarded British choral works of all, Hymnus paradisi, borrowing music from his unperformed Requiem. This recording of the original work is intoxicatingly beautiful, the surprise cadence at the close of the 'Salvator Mundi' movement, in particular, is delicately glorious.

The album begins with a setting of 'Drop, drop, slow tears' by Orlando Gibbons. It is the simplest of hymn tunes and a deeply consideredway to start this musical journey. It returns the listener to the essential elements of choral music, simply words and a tune. Gibbons's melody is followed by William Walton's setting of the same text and the juxtaposition of the two works serves to demonstrate bow the dramatic potential of a text can be unlocked with perfectly judged use of harmony. So now that the musical building blocks are in place 'words, melody and harmony' the traversalof choral lamentation spanning the centuries can begin in earnest.

In a world in which it seems that so much of so little inherent artistic value is rewarded with so much press coverage, where Saturday night prime-time karaoke competitions make breathless claims to represent the final word on the art of singing, this album (and indeed virtually all of the albums that we have reviewed favourably in this magazine over the years) serves as a vital reminder that there is more depth of feeling, emotional power and intellectual stimulation to the art of music-making than we can ever hope to truly understand. All we can do is applaud.

James McCarthy 

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