The Gluepot Connection

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: E(rnest) J(ohn) Moeran, Frederick Delius, John (Nicholson) Ireland, Alan Bush, Arnold (Edward Trevor) Bax, Peter Warlock, (Agnes) Elisabeth Lutyens, William Walton, Alan Rawsthorne

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Somm Recordings

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: SOMMCD0180

SOMMCD0180. The Gluepot Connection’

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Songs of Springtime Londinium Chamber Choir
E(rnest) J(ohn) Moeran Composer
Andrew Griffiths
On Craig Dhu (An impression of nature) Londinium Chamber Choir
Andrew Griffiths
Frederick Delius Composer
(The) Hills Andrew Griffiths
John (Nicholson) Ireland Composer
Londinium Chamber Choir
Like Rivers Flowing Andrew Griffiths
Alan Bush Composer
Londinium Chamber Choir
I sing of a maiden Andrew Griffiths
Arnold (Edward Trevor) Bax Composer
Londinium Chamber Choir
Twilight Night John (Nicholson) Ireland Composer
Andrew Griffiths
Londinium Chamber Choir
(The) full heart Londinium Chamber Choir
Andrew Griffiths
Peter Warlock Composer
Verses of Love (Agnes) Elisabeth Lutyens Composer
Londinium Chamber Choir
Andrew Griffiths
Mater ora filium Andrew Griffiths
Arnold (Edward Trevor) Bax Composer
Londinium Chamber Choir
Lidice Andrew Griffiths
Londinium Chamber Choir
Alan Bush Composer
Where does the uttered music go? William Walton Composer
Londinium Chamber Choir
Andrew Griffiths
Four Seasonal Songs Alan Rawsthorne Composer
Andrew Griffiths
Londinium Chamber Choir
‘That bloody Gluepot’ was how an infuriated Sir Henry Wood described The George, a bustling public house just round the corner from BBC Broadcasting House and the old Queen’s Hall, whose denizens once numbered many an orchestral player as well as the distinguished line-up of composers featured here. Andrew Griffiths has put together a generous and varied a cappella sequence, as nourishing as it is technically challenging, nowhere more so than in Arnold Bax’s towering Mater ora filium, which receives a reading of impressive accomplishment and no mean flair, if without quite outranking Ralph Allwood’s exhilarating and miraculously assured version with the youthful Rodolfus Choir (a genuine ‘must hear’ – Herald, 9/95). The same figure’s gorgeous I sing of a maiden also comes off very well, and how perceptively Griffiths and his responsive group quarry the depths of both John Ireland’s The Hills (which touchingly incorporates material from the slow movement of Elgar’s First Symphony) and Walton’s sublime setting of John Masefield’s Where does the uttered music go?.

Particularly welcome are the premiere recordings of Alan Rawsthorne’s Four Seasonal Songs (1956), and Alan Bush’s Lidice (1947) and Like Rivers Flowing (1957) – the former an especially powerful creation first given under the composer’s lead at the site of the eponymous Czech village obliterated by the Nazis. Elsewhere, Peter Warlock’s The Full Heart (completed in 1916 and revised five years later) mesmerises in its penetrating harmonic resourcefulness, as indeed does Delius’s lovely On Craig Ddu (which so bowled over the teenage Warlock when he heard it at Eton College); Elisabeth Lutyens’s sensuous Verses of Love (to words by Ben Jonson) enjoys superbly controlled advocacy; and it’s always a treat to encounter Moeran’s enchanting Songs of Springtime when they receive such ardent and fresh-faced treatment as here.

Excellently engineered by David Hinitt within the helpful surroundings of All Hallows, Gospel Oak, and knowledgeably annotated by Andrew Griffiths, this enterprising and imaginative Somm anthology strikes me as well worth seeking out.

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