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Vasari Singers & Jeremy Backhouse - Hurd: Choral Music, Vol. 1 (2017)

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Vasari Singers & Jeremy Backhouse - Hurd: Choral Music, Vol. 1 (2017)

Vasari Singers & Jeremy Backhouse - Hurd: Choral Music, Vol. 1
Classical, Choral | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 70:34 min | 163 MB
Label: Lyrita | Tracks: 28 | Rls.date: 2017

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 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)

TRACKLIST
01. A Secular Anthem
02. Genesis
03. Five Spiritual Songs: I. Antiphon
04. Five Spiritual Songs: II. The Pulley
05. Five Spiritual Songs: III. Vertue
06. Five Spiritual Songs: IV. The Call
07. Five Spiritual Songs: V. Exultation
08. Rejoice with us
09. Night Songs Of Edward Thomas: I. Will You Come?
10. Night Songs Of Edward Thomas: II. An Old Song
11. Night Songs Of Edward Thomas: III. Two Pewits
12. Night Songs Of Edward Thomas: IV. Out In The Dark
13. Night Songs Of Edward Thomas: V. The Dark Forest
14. Night Songs Of Edward Thomas: VI. Lights Out
15. Night Songs Of Edward Thomas: VII. Cock-Crow
16. Night Songs Of Edward Thomas: VIII. The Trumpet
17. Missa Brevis: I. Kyrie eleison
18. Missa Brevis: II. Gloria in excelsis Deo
19. Missa Brevis: III. Sanctus
20. Missa Brevis: IV. Benedictus
21. Missa Brevis: V. Agnus Dei
22. Merciles Beaute: I. Captivity
23. Merciles Beaute: II. Rejection
24. Merciles Beaute: III. Escape
25. A Parley Of Owls: I. Sweet Suffolk Owl
26. A Parley Of Owls: II. Barn Owl
27. A Parley Of Owls: III. The Owl
28. Praise Ye The Lord

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