Three Welsh Songs

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Three Welsh Songs
  • For SATB chorus and orchestra
  • Running time: 8 minutes
  • Sung in English

1. Welcome Robin (running time: 2:14 minutes)
2. Kind Old Man (running time: 4:13 minutes)
3. All Through the Night (running time: 3:49 minutes)

Orchestration: 2 oboes, English horn, clarinet, horn, percussion, harp, strings (piano reduction available)

All Through the Night

Alexander Vedernikov, conductor; Russian National Orchestra; Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
The Young American - Choral Works by Gordon Getty

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...the works included here evoke a mood musically that easily could have come from the pen of Beethoven or Schubert, and Getty’ s texts are derived from sources as diverse as Steven Vincent Benet, Edgar Allan Poe, Tennyson and Housman. He also includes his own translations of an excellent Welsh folk song cycle. The performances are outstanding. Sound quality, as usual from Pentatone, is superb. Highly recommended, especially for lovers of choral music, or anyone that yearns for a bygone age.

Tom Gibbs,
Audiophile Audition, 2005

Much of the lyrics are written by the composer and he has an easy direct way, producing what could easily be taken for traditional or folk poetry...Tilson Thomas catches the character of the parlante or speech rhythm to give these the feeling of immediacy and directness of expression. It comes right to you...The orchestration is selective and effective, and the restraint in the orchestral writing in all the music on the CD is admirable...The choral and orchestral performances throughout this CD are elegant, the music in its style and expressiveness, human, warm and sympathetic, giving song and voice to these poems.

San Francisco Classical Voice, 2005

Gordon Getty has mastered the art of traditional tonal composition. After spending some time with the composer in person, you would conclude further that he thoroughly enjoys doing it. This enjoyment is easily shared by listeners who do not insist that contemporary music must be complex and dissonant. The texts of these choral works are of 19th-century vintage: poems by Tennyson, Poe and A. E. Housman, arrangements of Welsh folk songs, a scene from an opera about Falstaff, with text mostly by Shakespeare. The music is limpid and beautifully presented.

RedLudwig.com
Young America, 2005