SIR CHARLES HUBERT H PARRY (1848-1918)
Blest pair of Sirens, Invocation to Music, The Soul’s Ransom, The Lotos – Eaters, I was glad
Anne Dawson, Arthur Davies, Brian Rayner Cook, Della Jones, David Wilson-Johnson, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Matthias Bamert London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox
Chandos 2-CDs CHAN241-31 @ £11 plus P&P
“… an outstanding collection of some of Parry’s finest choral music….”
‘The choral singing and the playing of the LPO under Matthias Bamert is magnificent, ably championing these deserved revivals.’ Penguin Guide
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Chandos has been a major player in the long overdue rehabilitation of Parry’s music. Here his most important large scale choral works are available as a 2-CD set for the first time at the price of one full price disc.
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.