A Song of Farewell: Music of Mourning & Consolation
Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh
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||Drop, Drop, Slow Tears||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||2:05||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||A Litany: Drop, Drop, Slow Tears||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||4:23||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Christe, qui lux es et dies||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||4:30||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||A Child's Prayer||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||4:19||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||In manus tuas||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||4:11||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Into Thy Hands||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||8:18||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Funeral Sentences||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||10:26||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||They Are At Rest||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||3:29||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Requiem: I. Salvator mundi||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||2:35||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Requiem: II. The Lord Is My Shepherd||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||2:47||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Requiem: III. Requiem aeternam||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||4:54||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Requiem: IV. I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||2:59||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Requiem: V. Requiem aeternam||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||5:09||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Requiem: VI. I Heard a Voice from Heaven||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||5:40||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Lord, Let Me Know Mine End||Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh||11:42||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Simply stunning. That pretty much says it all - rarely do you come across a disc full of warmth, magic and beauty. Recorded in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral with its resonant acoustic, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort have come up with a real treat for the ear. The centre piece of the album is the Requiem by Herbert Howells which is by far the most moving performance of this work that I have heard. It is a beautiful interpretation of an extremely deep and powerful work. Also featured are two settings of 'Drop, Drop, Slow Tears' by Orlando Gibbons and William Walton. Songs of Farewell is a collection of wonderful music by composers from Gibbons to Dove, all of whom have something in common - the ability to craft music for mourning and consolation with such emotion and conviction. Rarely does an album capture the emotion of such music leaving the listener having witnessed something of an experience. Enjoy.
This is a really beautiful album, recorded in a lovely acoustic. There is a real sense of space and the singing is superb. I hope heaven is like this!