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Ireland & Moeran: Choral Music / Parris, Carice Singers


Release Date: 07/08/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573584  
Composer:  John IrelandErnest John Moeran
Performer:  David Owen Norris
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Renowned for his outstanding piano miniatures and solo songs, John Ireland is little known these days as a composer of partsongs. His deep understanding of choral forces brings a unique polish and artistry to the genre, his early style reflecting a deference to his masters Parry and Stanford, and deeply moving post-war masterpieces such as Twilight Night exploiting a more acerbic harmonic vocabulary. E.J. Moeran's inclination towards introspective melancholy blends with his knowledge of Elizabethan madrigal and renaissance dance, resulting in true gems on themes of love such as While She Lies Sleeping.

Review:

Thanks to the English Music festival, pianist David Owen Norris and other recent advocates, John
Read more Ireland (1879-1962) and his one-time pupil EJ Moeran (1892-1950) are now appreciated for what they are – tonal, late romantic, pastoral – rather than condemned for what they are not. Texts nod back to an Elizabethan madrigal past (as in Moeran’s increasingly chromatic “choral suite” Phyllida and Corydon), with settings of Sidney, Campion, Shakespeare and Nashe. The youthful Carice Singers perform these part songs with vigorous attention to detail and, a few tiny slips of intonation aside, beautifully blended tone. Hugo Popplewell is the wistful soloist in Ireland’s Sea Fever. This is music of heat haze, hey-nonny wistfulness: ideal high-summer listening.

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Works on This Recording

1.
A Cradle Song by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
2.
Weep You No More, Sad Fountains by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
3.
Laughing Song by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
4.
The Peaceful Western Wind by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
5.
Spring, the Sweet Spring by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
6.
When May Is in His Prime by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
7.
Cupid by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
8.
Fain Would I Change That Note by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
9.
Twilight Night by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
10.
These things shall be by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; England 
11.
The Hills by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
12.
Immortality by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
13.
They Told Me, Heraclitus by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
14.
Sea fever by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
15.
In Praise of Neptune by John Ireland
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
16.
Songs of Springtime by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
17.
The Blue-Eyed Spring by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
18.
Weep You No More, Sad Fountains by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
19.
Phyllida and Corydon by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  David Owen Norris (Piano)
Conductor:  George Parris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 

Featured Sound Samples

A Cradle Song
Weep You No More, Sad Fountains
Laughing Song

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