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Opera - Released February 28, 2020 | Chandos

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Recorded after the first London performance for over 130 years, Parry’s neglected oratorio here appears for the very first time. Having been commissioned by the Birmingham Festival, Parry decided to combine the Old Testament stories of Manasseh and Judith. A good deal of the libretto was provided by Parry himself, who took other texts from the biblical books of Isaiah, Psalms, and Judith. Having originally conceived the work in four acts, Parry condensed it into two. Judith was premiered by Richter in Birmingham in August 1888, and it consolidated Parry’s reputation as a choral composer, numerous performances following in Edinburgh and in London. Although popular in his lifetime, Judith fell into obscurity after Parry’s death. © Chandos
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Classical - Released July 28, 2009 | Naxos

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Classical - Released October 1, 2006 | Lyrita

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If Hubert Parry's reputation as an English composer of the fin de siècle had to stand or fall with the music on one compact disc, this might be the one disc to bring to his defense. True, it doesn't have any of his five symphonies, any of his big choral orchestral works or his Elegy for Brahms, perhaps his best single-movement orchestral work, and thus nearly neglects the more earnest side of his music. But it does have the Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy to cover Parry at his most serious, plus the ingenious Symphonic Variations, the lighthearted "Bridal March," and the charming pastiches An English Suite and Lady Radnor's Suite to cover most of the rest of Parry's compositional moods. In addition, it has completely professional and totally committed conducting by Adrian Boult and finely polished and wholly dedicated playing by either the London Symphony or the London Philharmonic captured in smooth and deep stereo sound by Lyrita. Whether in the end Parry's music with its sturdy structures, sophisticated orchestrations, big-hearted themes, and brightly optimistic tone will earn its place in the pantheon of English composers of the fin de siècle is up to the listener. Coincidentally -- or perhaps not -- the bumptious trombone tune near the beginning of Parry's Symphonic Variations bears what one might forgivably call an uncanny resemblance to Danny Elfman's main theme from his score to Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. © TiVo
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Classical - Released November 16, 2018 | SOMM Recordings

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Classical - Released April 20, 2018 | SOMM Recordings

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Here is the second volume (of what will be a series of three) of the twelve books of English Lyrics by Hubert Parry, of songs based on the English poetry of such greats as Shelley, Byron, Keats, Scott and Coleridge. The composer wrote them between 1874 and his death in 1918, a considerable collection of melodies running from his early style which still showed borrowings from Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms (who was Parry's senior by just 15 years), towards an ever-more personal language, also a little more dissonant and sombre, and which bore the marks of the Great War. All the same, tonality and melody are still the central pivots of music for Parry, who was no revolutionary. That said, these Songs laid a royal road for the great masters of English melody like Butterworth, Gurney, Warlock, Bridge, Ireland, Finzi and finally Britten. For this second volume, the works are shared out between soprano Sarah Fox, tenor James Gilchrist and baritone Roderick Williams, with a magisterial piano accompaniment from Andrew West. We await the third instalment with impatience! © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 2011 | Decca (UMO)

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Classical - Released November 9, 2009 | Meridian Records

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Classical - Released January 14, 2013 | Delphian

Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2008 | Radegund Records

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Classical - Released March 5, 2019 | NYCGB

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Classical - Released April 10, 2020 | Decca (UMO)

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Classical - Released April 10, 2020 | Decca (UMO)

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Classical - Released February 21, 2019 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released March 5, 2019 | NYCGB

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Classical - Released March 1, 2019 | NYCGB

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Classical - Released March 1, 2019 | NYCGB

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Classical - Released February 1, 2019 | NYCGB

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Classical - Released February 1, 2019 | NYCGB

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