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Ecce sacerdos magnus


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The growing genius of a titan of English music comes vividly into focus in a stunning collection of Edward Elgar’s music for chorus and orchestra from the Brighton Festival Chorus and BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth. The voice was at the center of Elgar’s musical life as a child, and it was to play a defining role in his own compositions. Spanning 26 years – from the imposing setting of Ecce sacerdos magnus (‘Behold the great priest’)* in 1888 to the richly realized psalm settings of the 1910s, it is possible to chart in these often moving, occasionally monumental works the development of Elgar’s prowess in setting the voice. The muscular and poetic Op.34 Te Deum and Benedictus and consoling Offertory Anthem, O Hearken Thou are heard alongside two contrasted psalms – the mighty Great is the Lord and bold and vigorous Give unto the Lord – that have become cornerstones of the English choral tradition. Two sunny, secular works show Elgar balancing delicacy and deliberateness with consummate skill. Based on a play by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Iberian-accented Spanish Serenade is courtship of exquisite beauty and warmth. Scenes from the Bavarian Alps sets words by the composer’s wife, Alice, to produce six animated and colorful songs that conjure the sights and sounds of happy holiday visits by the recent newlyweds. Behold the Great Priest presents a treasure-trove of Elgar’s choral compositions intriguingly mapping out his development towards the full-scale masterpieces of Sea Pictures, The Apostles and The Dream of Gerontius.
Facts
Item number SOMMCD 267
Barcode 748871226722
Release date 3/16/2018
Category Choral
Label SOMM RECORDINGS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Brighton Festival Chorus
Conductor Wordsworth, Barry
Orchestra BBC Concert Orchestra
Disc: 1
Ecce sacerdos magnus00:03:18
1 Ecce sacerdos magnus 00:03:31 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
Te Deum laudamus, Op. 34, No. 100:11:01
2 Te Deum laudamus, Op. 34 No. 1 00:11:27 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
Benedictus, Op. 34, No. 200:07:03
3 Benedictus, Op. 34 No. 2 00:06:58 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
O hearken Thou, Op. 6400:04:00
4 O Hearken Thou, Op. 64 00:04:20 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
Psalm 48, Op. 67, "Great is the Lord"00:10:00
5 Psalm 48, Op. 67 "Great Is the Lord" 00:09:00 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
Psalm 29, Op. 74, "Give unto the Lord"00:08:00
6 Psalm 29, Op. 74 "Give unto the Lord" 00:07:40 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
Spanish Serenade (Stars of the Summer Night), Op. 00:05:00
7 Spanish Serenade, Op. 23 (Stars of the Summer Nigh 00:04:30 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 2700:25:00
8 Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27: No. 1, 00:04:17 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
9 Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27: No. 2, 00:04:26 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
10 Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27: No. 3, 00:04:01 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
11 Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27: No. 4, 00:03:05 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
12 Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27: No. 5, 00:03:30 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
13 Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27: No. 6, 00:05:59 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
Mass No. 14 in B-Flat Major, Hob.XXII:14, "Harmoni00:39:00
14 Mass No. 14 in B-Flat Major, Hob. XXII:14 "Harmoni 00:04:11 Wordsworth, Barry Brighton Festival Chorus BBC Concert Orchestra
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