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Irish Folk Songs / Robert Shaw Chorale


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 63646   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Traditional
Performer:  Thomas PyleNancy BrennandFlorence KopleffRaymond Murcell,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 41 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In these mostly unaccompanied Irish folk songs, Robert Shaw is freed from the concerns of an orchestral accompaniment and able to focus on refined choral singing, showcasing why he will be remembered as one of the great choral conductors of all time. A well-blended choir often sounds thin; a full-voiced choir, as in the wobble-fest of many an opera chorus, rarely blends. Shaw's chorale, however, here displays the full-voiced and beautifully blended singing that was its hallmark, and Alice Parker's arrangements go far to celebrate this ensemble's strengths.
The artful mixing of a pure Irish-tenor sound with a resonant bass sound makes "Avenging and Bright" one of this disc's high points. In "Johnny, I Hardly Knew You," the whole rich
Read more palette of the chorale's sounds combine to create a stirring, carefully paced dramatic tableau. In several of the selections, Parker incorporates the Irish harp to gentle, inobtrusive effect, nowhere more affectingly than in "My Gentle Harp" (sung to the tune of "Londonderry Air"). Of the several fine soloists heard on this recording, Raymond Murcell stands out for his exceptionally attractive solo in the rollicking drinking song, "To Ladies' Eyes." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Ballynure Ballad by Traditional
Performer:  Thomas Pyle (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
2.
Avenging and Bright by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
3.
The Croppy Boy by Traditional
Performer:  Nancy Brennand (Irish Harp)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
4.
The girl I left behind me by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Ireland 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
5.
Has sorrow thy young days shaded by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
6.
I know where I'm going by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
7.
Johnny, I hardly knew you by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
8.
The Minstrel Boy by Traditional
Performer:  Nancy Brennand (Irish Harp)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
9.
My gentle harp by Traditional
Performer:  Nancy Brennand (Irish Harp)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
10.
The Parting Glass by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
11.
Silent, O Moyle by Traditional
Performer:  Florence Kopleff (Alto)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
12.
Sing, Sing by Traditional
Performer:  Nancy Brennand (Irish Harp)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
13.
Tis pretty to be in Balinderry by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
14.
To Ladies' Eyes by Traditional
Performer:  Raymond Murcell (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
15.
We may roam through this world by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 
16.
Wearin' of the Green by Traditional
Performer:  Tommy Motto (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: Ireland 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Alice Parker 

Sound Samples

Avenging and Bright
Wearin' of the Green
The Croppy Boy
Silent, O Moyle
Sing, Sing
'Tis Pretty to Be in Balinderry
My Gentle Harp
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
The Minstrel Boy
I Know Where I'm Goin'
Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded
The Girl I Left Behind Me
A Ballynure Ballad
To Ladies' Eyes
We May Roam Through This World
The Parting Glass

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