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Good Night, Good Night, Beloved ...and Other Victorian Part Songs / Viva Voce

Gould / Viva Voce / Schubert
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22670   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sydney PercivalGeorge Alexander MacfarrenCiro PinsutiAlfred J. Caldicott,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Good Night, Good Night, Beloved! represents some of the greatest late-19th century hits performed by the Montreal Mendelssohn Choir during its 30-year history (1864-1894), according to Schubert’s album notes.

Sung unaccompanied, these songs tell their stories over multiple verses, each set with a certain amount of musical variation. The emphasis is on clearly expressing the text, underlining its emotional shifts in the music and, in most instances, using the voices as orchestral instruments. The 13 professional voices are nicely balanced, blended and shaped under Schubert’s expert direction.

- Musical Toronto

This recording pays tribute to the Montreal Mendelssohn Choir, a pillar of city's musical
Read more life for three decades in the late 19th century. What began as a small group of friends and family became a 120-voice choral society whose annual concerts were a highlight on English Montreal’s cultural and social calendar. Audiences flocked to hear their friends sing a cappella with unified tone and choral discipline. They venerated Joseph Gould for the new sonic experience he offered. After the Choir disbanded in 1894, its library was donated to McGill University. All of the pieces on this CD except “Goodnight, Goodnight, Beloved!” come from that collection.

VivaVoce was founded in Montreal in 1998 by Peter Schubert. The awardwinning ensemble is committed to performing classical music from all periods and to developing the art of Canadian choral music by commissioning at least one new work each year. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Jack and Jill by Sydney Percival
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
Period: Romantic 
2.
Hark, hark, the lark by George Alexander Macfarren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
3.
A Spring Song by Ciro Pinsuti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
4.
Orpheus with his Lute by George Alexander Macfarren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
5.
Take O take those lips away by George Alexander Macfarren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
6.
The sea hath its pearls by Ciro Pinsuti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
7.
Out on the waters by Alfred J. Caldicott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
8.
Summer in nigh by Julius Benedict
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
9.
Close his eyes by Horace W. Reyner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
10.
Georgie Porgie by Sydney Percival
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
11.
You'll never guess by Sydney Percival
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
12.
Far out of sight by Miss Bryson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
13.
To all you ladies by Clara Angela Macirone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
14.
How sweet the moonlight sleeps by Henry Leslie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
15.
O Mistress Mine by Hamish MacCunn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
16.
It was a lover and his lass by George Alexander Macfarren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
17.
Good night, good night, beloved by Ciro Pinsuti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce

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