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Cat. No. CHAN 241-31 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 2
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CHAN 241-31 - Parry: The Soul's Ransom/ The Lotos-Eaters/Blest pair of Sirens/Invocation to Music
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Available From: 01 February 2006
Parry’s two finest and most popular anthems, Blest Pair of Sirens and I was glad, make an attractive coupling to his famous choral works. The 45-minute work The Soul’s Ransom, with its sequence of solos and choruses, forms a broadly symphonic four-movement structure and The Lotos eaters; a setting for soprano, chorus and orchestra is performed by Della Jones, a characterful soloist. This is a full and atmospheric recording to match the incandescent performances.

On its original release these works received 3 stars in the Penguin Guide, and consequently make a welcome return to the Chandos catalogue.
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"Here is an outstanding collection of some of Parry’s finest choral music, with two of his most popular anthems, admirably conducted by Richard Hickox  ... Della Jones is the characterful soloist in both works, to be joined by David Wilson-Johnson in the latter piece. The singing throughout is first class, warmly sympathetic, as is the orchestral playing, and Mathias Bamert is in his element in this repertoire, as is the Chandos recording team."
The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


‘The choral singing and the playing of the LPO under Matthias Bamert is magnificent, ably championing these deserved revivals.’
Classic CD

Chandos has recoupled several of its choral recordings of music by Hubert Parry in a recommendable well-filled set which makes a very good introduction to the composer and his major contributions to this repertoire… This is a terrific set, the performances being uniformly excellent.
International Record Review

Parry’s scores at once anticipate and reflect Elgar, and it’s a mystery why such powerful, beautifully conceived and effective music is not heard regularly in our concert halls.
Classic FM Magazine

 

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