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CHAN 10740 - Parry: Works for Chorus and Orchestra
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Available From: 01 October 2012
Parry: Works for Chorus and Orchestra

With a foreword by the long-standing Parry enthusiast HRH The Prince of Wales, this release features orchestral and choral works spanning the length of Parry’s composing life, many of which are recorded here for the first time.

Parry is simultaneously one of Britain’s best-known and least-known composers. Jerusalem (recorded here in Parry’s original orchestration) is almost a national hymn, regularly performed at rugby grounds, schools, Women’s Institute meetings, and at the Last Night of the Proms. Yet until very recently few knew much about Sir Charles Hubert H. Parry, who in his day was described by Sir Edward Elgar as ‘the leader of art in this country’.

In 2010, HRH The Prince of Wales thrust Parry back into the limelight when in the BBC documentary The Prince and the Composer, he set out to discover more about the man behind the music, with the help of members of Parry’s family, scholars, and performers. In April 2011, HRH once again placed Parry centre stage, as Jerusalem was performed at the Royal Wedding of his eldest son and daughter-in-law, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Several other pieces on this recording have strong ties to members the Royal Family. The Magnificat of 1897 was dedicated to Queen Victoria on her Diamond Jubilee, and the Te Deum was composed for the Coronation of George V in 1911. The orchestral suite from the incidental music to The Birds features the famous march which was played at the wedding of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and again as the processional march for the Queen’s arrival at the Royal Wedding in 2011.

Also on this album is England, which was sung at the eightieth birthday concert of Sir Adrian Boult at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969. 

The works are performed by the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, with the soprano Amanda Roocroft, under Neeme Järvi who this year celebrates both his seventy-fifth birthday and an impressive thirty-year-long recording career with Chandos Records.
 

Chandos CHAN 10740

Parry: Orchestral and Choral Works - Amanda Roocroft (soprano), BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, Neeme Järvi

This release features orchestral and choral works spanning the length of Parry’s composing life, many of which are recorded here for the first time. The works are performed by the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, with the soprano Amanda Roocroft, under Neeme Järvi who this year celebrates both his seventy-fifth birthday and an impressive thirty-year-long recording career with Chandos Records.

Parry is simultaneously one of Britain's best-known and least-known composers. Jerusalem (recorded here in Parry’s original orchestration) is almost a national hymn, regularly performed at rugby grounds, schools, Women's Institute meetings, and at the Last Night of the Proms. Yet until very recently few knew much about Sir Charles Hubert H. Parry, who in his day was described by Sir Edward Elgar as ‘the leader of art in this country’.

Several pieces on this recording have strong ties to members the Royal Family. The Magnificat of 1897 was dedicated to Queen Victoria on her Diamond Jubilee, and the Te Deum was composed for the Coronation of George V in 1911. The orchestral suite from the incidental music to The Birds features the famous march which was played at the wedding of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and again as the processional march for the Queen’s arrival at the Royal Wedding in 2011.

Also on this disc is England, which was sung at the eightieth birthday concert of Sir Adrian Boult at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969.

Reviews

“A rather wonderful disc comprising almost entirely World Premiere performances of works for orchestra and chorus by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry... Amazing that these stirring works have lain unrecorded for so long – an essential disc for any lover of English music!”
 
EM Marshall-Luck – Spirited-The Gazette of the English Music Festival – December 2012
 

“...The performances by Neeme Jarvi and the BBC Chorus and Orchestra of Wales are first rate. Soprano Amanda Roocroft, heard in ‘Jerusalem’ and the Magnificate, has a vocal heft and dark-hued tone that suit this repertory perfectly.”
 
William Gatens – American Record Guide – March/April 2013 

 "... Most urgently recommended to all recommended to all admirers of the composer and of music from this period."
Ronald E Grames - Fanfare  March/April 2013

"...An uplifting disc that does Parry full justice." ****½
 
Michael Kennedy - Sunday Telegraph - 16 December 2012

“...Neeme Järvi  is a very sympathetic conductor of Parry’s music. With a very responsive Chorus and Orchestra from BBC Wales, he makes a strong and convincing showing on behalf of Parry’s neglected harvest... All in all, there is much enlightenment and nourishment to be savoured here.”
 
Colin Anderson –  The Classical Source.com - 27 December 2012 

                             Critics’ Choice 2012
"... Neeme Järvi proves a most sympathetic conductor with passionate Welsh forces. A heart warming disc."
Edward Greenfield - Gramophone magazine - Christmas Special edition - December 2012

“...No lover of Parry’s music should hold back, and if you dismiss Parry as a writer of turgid music, thickly orchestrated, then listen to this CD and prepare to be enlightened.”
Martin Bird -  The Elgar Society Journal – December 2012

                       Performance ****        Recording *****
“...the BBC National Orchestra of Wales gives warmly sympathetic renditions of music which was probably completely unfamiliar to them before the recording sessions. The Chandos sound is excellent.”
Terry Blain – BBC Music magazine – Christmas 2012

             Connoisseur’s Choice
"There are three really strong reasons to buy this album – firstly there is a wedding march from the incidental music to The Birds, which featured at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Secondly the original version of Jerusalem composed in 1916 before Elgar re-orchestrated the piece is featured and the third reason is that the piece ’England’ features on the album. This piece is really special but it has never really caught on. It is not quite as magnificent as Jerusalem but it really isn’t too far behind and is a very lovely tune indeed."

David Mellor - New Releases Show – Classic FM Radio – 13 October 2012


"A moving tribute to one of Britain great composers." 

John France - MusicWeb-International.com - 29 October 2012

 

"... a selection of choral and orchestral works by Sir Charles Parry mostly of outstanding merit, conducted by Neemi Järvi. Empty rhetoric is avoided, and much is mellifluously thoughtful. The large-scale Magnificat of 1897 is more impressive still ... Parry’s lighter register is displayed in a suite of incidental music for Artistophanes’ The Birds, music of real grace and delicacy. Performances from the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales are wholehearted... This is a CD well worth waving the flag for." ****
Geoff Brown - The Times - 19 October 2012

“’Jerusalem’ stirs memories of the Last Night of the Proms, but Parry’s mastery of heart-warming, rousing choral writing is even more graphically demonstrated in the other works, most of which are here recorded for the first time, and put the composer’s music emphatically in the wider perspective it merits “ *****
Geoffrey Norris – The Telegraph – 29 October 2012

 

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