Esti Dal. Lullaby. (Hungarian). Erdő mellett estvéledtem, Subám fejem alá tettem. In the 20th century, one of our greatest music composers, Kodály Zoltán. Check out Esti Dal (Zoltan Kodaly) by The King’s Singers on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s now on
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October Total duration: Photo by Olivier Haubensak. Other recordings available for download. I was inspired by Tenebrae when I heard them in a concert at St. Jude’s in Hampstead and just had to get etsi new ‘Allegri Miserere’ album.
Esti Dal, Zoltan Kodaly. English translation of the text
It’s beautifully sung, a wonderful recording that has introduced me to some pieces that I didn’t know’ BBC Music Magazine. The former brings welcome intimacy to the Britten Hymn to St Cecilia, while the latter powerfully propels Holst’s Psalm to its conclusion, albeit in youthful, fresh-sounding eshi. The album ends with dxl locus classicus of English choral singing, Faire is the Heaven, in which one would be forgiven for thinking Spenser’s final words,’such endlesse perfectnesse’ kodpy to the choir themselves rather than the state of Heaven.
From the very first bars of John Tavener’s Song for Athene, the opening work in a pleasingly eclectic programme, Tenebrae reveals itself as one of those exceptional choirs whose individual singers have been moulded into a single superbly sensitive and responsive musical instrument.
The mood of each piece is captured to perfection, from Tavener’s almost hypnotic transcendence to the passionate grief of Da Lotti’s eight-part Crucifixus, whose agonised chromatic harmonies pack a terrific punch; or from the intensely moving and dignified simplicity of Alexander Sheremetev’s Now ye Heavenly Powers from the Russian Orthodox liturgy to the exuberantly pealing halleluiahs of Holst’s joyously inventive setting of Psalm The soprano soloists in Allegri’s Miserere have a combined purity and richness of sound, giving the celebrated ornaments a jewel-like brilliance.
Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia enables the choir to display its virtuoso control of rapid dynamic and textural changes. This is an outstanding performance, which reflects every expressive nuance in both poem and music’ The Daily Telegraph.
Kodály – Esti Dal (SATB)
John Tavener’s affinity with eastern Orthadox chant is evident in his Song for Athene; Rachmaninov’s Hymn to the Cherubim is followed by Count Alexander Sheremetiev’s Now ye heavenly powers for men’s voices, sung in Russian. A young soldier fighting for the Austro-Hungarian Empire prays to God for shelter and safe-keeping through the night.
Andrew Swait trebleThe King’s Singers. The King’s Singers present an evocative and spiritual programme of some of their best and most requested repertoire. The Rodolfus ChoirRalph Allwood conductor. Val Rodolfus Choir returns to Signum with a new collection of choral works drawn from composers spanning over years.