Irish Folk Songs / Robert Shaw Chorale

Release Date: 2/21/2012
Label: RCA
Catalog Number: RCA 63646
Composer: Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
Number of Discs: 1

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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 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."
Works on This Recording
1. A Ballynure Ballad by Traditional
Performer: Thomas [baritone] Pyle (Baritone)
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
2. Avenging and Bright by Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
3. The Croppy Boy by Traditional
Performer: Nancy Brennand (Irish Harp)
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
4. The girl I left behind me by Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Ireland
5. Has sorrow thy young days shaded by Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
6. I know where I'm going by Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
7. Johnny, I hardly knew you by Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
8. The Minstrel Boy by Traditional
Performer: Nancy Brennand (Irish Harp)
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
9. My gentle harp by Traditional
Performer: Nancy Brennand (Irish Harp)
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
10. The Parting Glass by Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
11. Silent, O Moyle by Traditional
Performer: Florence Kopleff (Alto)
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
12. Sing, Sing by Traditional
Performer: Nancy Brennand (Irish Harp)
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
13. Tis pretty to be in Balinderry by Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
14. To Ladies' Eyes by Traditional
Performer: Raymond Murcell (Baritone)
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
15. We may roam through this world by Traditional
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
16. Wearin' of the Green by Traditional
Performer: Tommy Motto (Tenor)
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
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