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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Jarvi the omnivore, 27 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Parry: Orchestral/ Choral Works (Amanda Roocroft/ BBC National Orchestra of Wales/ Neeme Järvi) (Chandos: CHAN 10740) (Audio CD)
No doubt it's fabulous that a conductor of the stature of Neeme Jarvi can be triggered to record such unfamiliar repertoire as this. Where does this man find the time to delve in this repertoire considering he's busy in Bergen recording Svendsen and Tchaikovsky, recording Raff in Geneve and recording whatever in Glasgow? He's an all rounder and an omnivore.
Parry isn't a household name in the UK, so I wonder, would he be in the rest of Europe, could it be so that there's a market for this kind of recordings outside the English speaking world? I doubt that. The music is hardly inspiring and seems to be not of this world anymore. Composed over 100 years ago time has done it's damaging effect on the art of choral music in general; it all sounds really boring and old fashioned. I think you must be very patriotic to believe in this music. I'd strongly recommend Parry's symphonies to anyone interested in Elgar but if you can't swallow Elgar's choral music you really will have problems with this release too. I'd recommend this for patriotic Brits who are more than normally interested in choral music and in Huber Parry in general and for completists who wish to own every tidbit of British choral music that'll be recorded.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2012 20:21:23 GMT
Interesting thoughts but you are wrong everybody knows Jerusalem and not just in The UK! One piece has been played at two Royal occasions, others for individual ceremonies! Whilst not everything about this disc entirely enchanted me, musically Parry is really Parry and does form the backbone of UK church and choral tradition!
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