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« Reply #2970 on: September 12, 2021, 12:26:23 pm »

Coleridge-Taylor's The Song of Hiawatha (1898-1900) in the broadcast from the 2013 Three Choirs Festival (BIMA), a valuable alternative to Kenneth Alwyn's splendid complete recording (Argo). There are fine soloists and the chorus clearly relish their narrative role in the drama. Peter Nardone takes generally steady tempi (probably due to the Cathedral acoustic, which is tamed by the BBC microphones) which allows plenty of detail to be heard.

Such a pity that Malcolm Sargent never got round to recording the final segment of the trilogy Hiawatha's Departure, as his renditions of the first two parts for EMI are quite special (although there are small cuts in The Death of Minnehaha). Having sung Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, what looks easy on the page is deceptive - there's no room to hide. No wonder Sullivan, Parry, Stanford, Jaeger and Elgar were impressed by such precocious talent...

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