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Peter Warlock, Benjamin Britten, Jonathan Dove, James MacMillan, Percy Grainger, Herbert Howells, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, Charles Villiers Stanford

Gabrieli Consort

Silence & Music

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212049020
  • Catalog number SIGCD 490
  • Release date 06 October 2017
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About the album

This programme explores that vast twentieth-century secular English choral repertoire which goes under the generic title ‘partsongs’. It is an extraordinarily rich repertoire to which almost all the famous composers contributed. Buried amongst vast quantities of slightly twee pastoralism – the much-derided “cow-pat” school – are to be found many settings of glorious poetry, forming a corpus of sublime twentieth-century madrigals at least as fine as their famous renaissance forebears. However, this programme has another particular theme: how poets and composers reflect upon the natural world as a metaphor for our own emotional experience. At the heart of this programme is the complex relationship between man and nature, the bitter-sweetness of a radiant and beautiful dawn creating the same unbearable sadness of a ravishing song, and both with intimations of mortality.

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