1. The Evening-Watch Op.43 No.1 (Gustav Holst) 2. A Good-Night (Richard Rodney Bennett) 3. Take him, earth, for cherishing (Herbert Howells) 4. Funeral Ikos (John Tavener)
Songs of Farewell (Hubert Parry ) 5. My soul, there is a country 6. I know my soul hath power to know all things 7. Never weather-beaten sail 8. There is an old belief 9. At the round earth’s imagined corners 10. Lord, let me know mine end 11. They are at rest (Edward Elgar) 12. The Turtle Dove (Ralph Vaughan Williams) 13. The long day closes (Arthur Sullivan, arr. Philip Lawson) 14. Rest (Ralph Vaughan Williams) 15. Bring us, O Lord God (William H. Harris)
Composed towards the end of Parry’s life, the Songs of Farewell have taken on something of an epithetical interpretation; they are almost a musical summation of his compositional life, reflecting Parry’s love of English renaissance madrigals and partsongs as much as the influence on his work from German composers like Brahms – made more complicated as these works were composed as the country (and its music) fell out of favour at the start of the Great War. This disc also includes works by Tavener, Sullivan, Holst, Rodney Bennett, Howells, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.
Recent praise for Tenebrae’s recent recordings: "Tenebrae’s performance, directed by Nigel Short, is gently sustained, immaculately balanced and wrapped in a luminous acoustic … If you have ever developed a resistance to Renaissance polyphony, this could be the disc to make you think again."
The Tenebrae Choir is a London-based professional vocal ensemble founded and directed by former King's Singer Nigel Short. Co-founded by Short and Barbara Pollock in 2001, its repertoire covers works from the 16th to the 21st Century. The choir was launched in 2001 with a performance of Nigel Short's own composition, The Dream of Herod, created to demonstrate a more "theatrical" style of performing within religious buildings, involving movement around the performance venue as well as dramatic use of lighting and ambiance.[
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