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Hurd: Choral Music, Vol. 1 / Backhouse, Varsari Singers


Release Date: 05/05/2017 
Label:  Lyrita Recorded Edition - Nimb   Catalog #: 363  
Composer:  Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"His early education took place at Crypt Grammar School in Gloucester. National Service with the Intelligence Corps involved a posting to Vienna, where he developed a burgeoning passion for opera. He studied at Pembroke College, Oxford (1950-53) with Sir Thomas Armstrong and Dr. Bernard Rose and became President of the University Music Society. In addition, he took composition lessons from Lennox Berkeley, whose Gallic sensibility may be said to have influenced Hurd's own musical language. Hurd's love of literature and the human voice illuminated a natural talent for wordsetting. Hence his catalogue is dominated by choral and vocal works, including operas, 'pop' cantatas, songs and anthems. He was especially noted for his many scores Read more for children and amateurs, and his care to ensure that the material he wrote was within the reach of non-professional singers and accompanists accords with his conviction that composers should adopt a practical approach to their craft. These 'rhythmic and harmonies subtleties' are readily discernible in Hurd's choral works. The sacred and secular examples presented here range from brief anthems to substantial settings of his favorite poetry. They are all indicative of a desire to engage singers and listeners instantly and a natural aptitude for enhancing the text." (Paul Conway) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Secular Anthem by Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
2.
Genesis by Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
3.
Spiritual Songs (5) by Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; England 
4.
Rejoice with Us by Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
5.
Night Songs of Edward Thomas by Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; England 
6.
Missa Brevis by Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 
7.
Merciles Beaute by Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; England 
8.
A Parley of Owls by Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
9.
Praise Ye the Lord by Michael Hurd
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 

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