Magazine article Gramophone

'And So It Goes': 'Songs of Folk and Lore'

Magazine article Gramophone

'And So It Goes': 'Songs of Folk and Lore'

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'And so it goes' 'Songs of Folk and Lore' D Baker Old Lady Rose (a) Burns Ae fond kiss (arr Mealor) Dubinsky We rise again (a) RW Henderson The Maggie Hunter (a) Healey Danse, Mon Moin, Danse! (a) Holst Six Choral Folk Songs--I love my love Joel And so it goes Lightfoot Pussy willows, cat-tails (a) MacNeil She's called Nova Scotia (b) Novelio We'll gather lilacs (a) Paulus Prairie Songs--No 6, The Old Church Rankin Fare thee well, love (a) S Rogers Fogarty's Cove Somers Feller from Fortune (a) Traditional Auld lang syne (arr Farrington) (a). John Brown's body (arr Marlow). Loch Lomond (arr Quick) Whitacre Three Flower Songs--No 3, Go, lovely rose Vaughan Williams Three Shakespeare Songs The Elora Singers / Noel Edison with (a) Leslie De'Ath, (b) James Bourne pf Naxos (M) 8 573861 (73' * DDD * T)

This somewhat uneven collection of 21 self-styled 'Songs of Folk and Lore' is held together by a booklet note which charts them geographically from Canada to the USA by way of Scotland and England--mention is made of Wales purely because two Welsh-born composers are featured. While some are arrangements of genuine folk songs, others inhabit that no-man's-land between folk and art song where a strong melody and emotionally charged words are the principal drivers. The most obvious thread running through the recording, however, is the enjoyment Noel Edison and The Elora Singers so clearly derive from performing them.

Since this is a Canadian choir, Canadian songs dominate. …

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