Music Alive for Wednesday 20 November 2019
The multi-award winning Gabrieli Consort sings a sequence of English choral music in the expansive acoustic of the medieval Valère Basilica in Sion, Switzerland.
"This moving sequence explores that vast 20th century secular English choral repertoire which goes under the generic title ‘part-songs’. 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 madrigals at least as fine as their famous renaissance forebears. At the heart of these 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, both with intimations of sublimity and mortality." (Paul McCreesh)
STANFORD: The blue bird Op 119/3; ELGAR: There is sweet music; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Silence and Music; HOWELLS: The Summer is coming; GRAINGER: Brigg Fair; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Bushes and Briars; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Winter is Gone; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Turtle Dove; MACMILLAN: The Gallant Weaver; DOVE: Who killed Cock Robin?; BRITTEN: The Evening Primrose; ELGAR: Owls (An epitaph) Op 53 No 4; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Rest; TRAD arr Grainger: O Danny Boy
Gabrieli Consort directed by Paul McCreesh
Recorded in Valère Basilica, Sion (Swiss Radio & TV/EBU)