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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, the prayer can still be heard., 28 Nov 2005
This review is from: Wings of a Dove: Original 1927-1938 Recordings (Audio CD)
Surely everyone who collects recorded music in one form or another has listened to “Master” Ernest Lough and the Temple Church Choir’s recording of Mendelssohn’s “Hear My Prayer …. O For the Wings of a Dove”. Made originally in 1927, it proved so popular that duplication processes badly damaged the originals master copies. It was re-recorded in 1928. Both versions are included here.
Speaking on BBC Radio, many years later, Ernest Lough (rhymes with Fluff) modestly denied any credit for these recordings’ success. His praise was for the organist and choirmaster, Australian born Dr George Thalben-Ball. Regarding the recording they made of “Hear Ye Israel” from “Elijah”, Lough claimed he had never seen the score until Dr Thalben-Ball taught him to sing it half an hour before they recorded it.”
"You naughty boys! How could you joke about such things!” Rumours spread soon after these recordings were made that “Master” Ernest Lough had died. An elderly lady, commiserating with the choir boys playing the park between the church and the Thames, rebuked them when she was told, "No, he’s not dead, lady, that’s him over there, swinging from that tree.”
The Naxos team have rendered these ancient recordings even clearer and crisper than they have ever sounded. The surface noise, always excessive on the solo oratorio items, has been miraculously reduced. Of special interest is a later recording of Ernest Lough, baritone, made in 1938. My own favourite track here is “I Waited For The Lord”. In the accompanying notes, the oboe solo played by Leon Goossens is incorrectly attributed to his brother Eugene.
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