An Old Belief: Parry, Campion, McDowall | Coro COR16189

An Old Belief: Parry, Campion, McDowall


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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16189

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th March 2022



An Old Belief introduces Hubert Parry's emotional and heartfelt Songs of Farewell, which surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by the First World War, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and the search for a better world, but also an escape from the horrors of war. The poems Parry chose to set are sublime, be they metaphysical poetry by John Donne and Henry Vaughan or the aching beauty of Thomas Campion’s verse. Perfectly complimenting the rich sonority of Parry’s Songs are three short pieces by Campion, a selection of medieval carols and a new work by award-winning composer Cecilia McDowall.

'The Sixteen combine fearless accuracy with affecting warmth; one can’t imagine this music being better performed. You'd want to rescue this CD from a burning building, and the recording quality is glorious.' – on COR16149


What might at first glance seem like a disparate programme of medieval carols, Renaissance lute songs, Romantic motets and 20th-century anthems (including a new work by Cecilia McDowall) is shrewdly bound together by common themes of valediction, redemption and consolation, connected by a range of texts from the Early Fathers to the Renaissance. ... Hats off to The Sixteen, and I look forward to the possibility of more recordings of English Romantic repertoire.  Jeremy Dibble
Gramophone June 2022
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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