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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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CD available From: 01 February 2006
 Charles Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918)
The Soul's Ransom* 47:04
      A Psalm of the Poor
      (Sinfonia Sacra)
      for soprano, bass, chorus and orchestra
      Section 1
1 Introduction. Lento - 4:17
2 'Who can number the sands of the sea'. Lento - 8:17
      Section 2
3 'Hear ye this, O ye people'. Allegro agitato - 4:21
      Bass solo
4 'We look for light, but behold darkness'. Moderato maestoso - 3:21
5 'Why are ye so fearful, O ye of little faith?' Lento 7:10
      Soprano solo and chorus
      Section 3
6 'The hand of the Lord was upon me'. Maestoso 9:29
      Bass solo and chorus
      Section 4
7 'The people that walked in darkness'. Moderato, energico - 5:00
      Soprano solo
8 'See how, ye that love the light'. Moderato, tranquillo 5:06
The Lotos-Eaters† 32:39
      for soprano, chorus and orchestra
9 I 'There is sweet music here that softer fall'. Andante tranquillo - 3:36
10 II 'Why are we weigh'd upon with heaviness'. Allegro - 1:39
11 III 'Lo! in the middle of the wood' - 2:40
      Soprano solo
12 IV 'Hateful is the dark-blue sky'. Allegro moderato - 2:23
13 V 'How sweet it were, hearing the downward stream'. Andante tranquillo - 4:25
      Soprano solo
14 VI 'Dear is the memory of our wedded lives'. Moderato - Lento - 4:28
      Men's chorus
15 VII 'But, propt on beds of amaranth and moly'. Andantino - 2:20
      Soprano solo
16 VIII 'The Lotos blooms below the barren peak'. Allegro tranquillo - Andante 11:07
      Chorus and soprano solo
1 Blest pair of Sirens‡ 11:53
      An Ode by Milton
Invocation to Music§ 54:57
      An Ode (in Honour of Henry Purcell) by Robert Bridges
      for soprano, tenor, bass, chorus and orchestra
      Introduction -
2 I 'Myriad voicèd Queen!' Moderato - 5:10
3 II 'Turn, O return!. Allegretto tranquillo 4:05
      Chorus and soprano solo
4 III 'Thee, fair Poetry oft hath sought'. Allegretto tranquillo 4:33
      Tenor solo
5 IV 'The monstrous sea'. Maestoso energico 5:34
6 V 'Love to Love calleth'. Andante appassionato 5:17
      Soprano and tenor
7 VI Dirge. 'Tome, tome, fair-hearted Goddess, come!' Maestoso - 8:05
      Bass solo
8 VII 'Man, born of desire'. Moderato - 4:55
9 VIII 'Rejoice, ye dead, where'er your spirits dwell'. Più lento 6:10
      Soprano solo and chorus
10 IX 'O enter with me the gates of delight'. Allegro vivace 5:41
      Soprano, tenor and bass
11 X 'Thou, O Queen of sinless grace'. Allegro vivo 5:09
12 I was glad‡ 7:10
      Anthem, with words from Psalm 122
 Anne Dawson soprano§
 Della Jones mezzo-soprano*†
 Arthur Davies tenor§
 Brian Rayner Cook baritone§
 David Wilson-Johnson baritone*
      London Philharmonic Choir
      London Symphony Chorus
 London Philharmonic Orchestra *†§
      London Symphony Orchestra
 Matthias Bamert *†§
 Richard Hickox
 Recorded in:
 Watford Town Hall
      14-16 February (Blest pair of Sirens, I was glad)
 Recorded in:
 Blackheath Halls, London
      25-27 March 1991 (The Soul's Ransom, The Lotos-Eaters)
 Recorded in:
 All Saints' Church, Tooting, London
      10-11 May 1991 (Invocation to Music)
 Brian Couzens
 Sound Engineer(s)
 Ralph Couzens
 Janet Middlebrook (Assistant: Blest pair of Sirens, I was glad)
 Ben Connellan (other works)
 Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz
Originally recorded in: 24 Bit Remaster

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