Chester Music Society Choir/ Chester Cathedral
PRINCE CHARLES praised him, but music critic Cornetto (a pen name of George Bernard Shaw) derided him. Hubert Parry was described as the finest British composer since Purcell, but his star soon set when the true genius, Elgar, appeared on the scene.
However, at the turn of the 20th century, Parry wrote choral music which was good to sing and good to listen to. Chester Music Society Choir sing three of his finest at Chester Cathedral on Saturday night. Blest Pair of Sirens, Songs of Travel and the ubiquitous Jerusalem, written to boost morale during the Great War.
The Requiem of ex-King’s Singers Bob Chilcott occupies the second half of the concert in which the choir is joined by Northern College soloists and the Liverpool Sinfonia Chamber Ensemble, and organist Philip Rushforth. Graham Jordan Ellis conducts.
Goossens - Orchestral Works Volume 2 (Chandos)
IN EDWARDIAN times, the Goossens family lived in Liverpool. Eugene Goossens II was conductor of Carl Rosa Opera, and he had four children, oboist Leon, harpists Marie and Sidonie, and conductor/composer Eugene Goossens III. He had a distinguished international career dying in 1962 at the age of 70. The new CD by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under Andrew Davis, includes a concert piece he wrote for his brother and sisters, as well as a collection of seven short pieces including Kaleidoscope, Tam O’Shanter Overture and Three Greek Dances. Many of these are first recordings, and make agreeable listening.
Albinoni: Oboe Concertos (Chandos)
Sipping coffee in the Campo S Barnaba in Venice, one can imagine the ghost of Albinoni striding across the Square, as he lived close by three centuries ago. His music is undeservedly in the shadow of Vivaldi, and so it is heartening that Chandos have rearranged three CDs from the 1990s and reissued them in a boxed set. We have a good programme alternating orchestral concerti and works for one and two oboes, giving more variety than in their previous incarnation. Collegium Musicum 90 under Simon Standage have soloists Anthony Robson and Catherine Latham in this admirable set.
I'm A Stranger Here Myself: Songs by Weil/ Eisler (Capriccio)
The Berlin Cabaret of the 1920s still resonates, but this recital of songs by Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler is mainly of interest to specialists. Cabaret chansonnier Salome Kammer, with piano accompaniment gives interpretations of these songs in a world weary voice, including four of Weill’s Broadway songs and nine from the famous operas, as well two groups of Eisler.