Irish Folk Songs / Robert Shaw Chorale
The artful mixing of a pure Irish-tenor sound with a resonant bass sound makes "Avenging and Bright" one of this disc's high points. In "Johnny, I Hardly Knew You," the whole rich palette of the chorale's sounds combine to create a stirring, carefully paced dramatic tableau. In several of the selections, Parker incorporates the Irish harp to gentle, inobtrusive effect, nowhere more affectingly than in "My Gentle Harp" (sung to the tune of "Londonderry Air"). Of the several fine soloists heard on this recording, Raymond Murcell stands out for his exceptionally attractive solo in the rollicking drinking song, "To Ladies' Eyes."
Catalog Number: RCA 63646
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chorale
Performer: Florence Kopleff, Nancy Brennand, Raymond Murcell, Thomas Pyle, Tommy Motto