The latest release in Hallé’s award winning series of recordings of works by Elgar couples his last great choral work with a fascinating collection of works which similarly remember the departed. Previous Elgar choral releases of The Dream of Gerontius (CDHLD7520), The Kingdom (HLD7526) and The Apostles (CDHLD7534) were universally acclaimed, winning numerous awards, including a Gramophone Award for each release. The largely overlooked The Spirit of England is arguably Elgar’s last great choral work. Thematically linked to The Dream of Gerontius the work sets texts from WWI poets and was premiered in sections during 1916 and 1917. In tone it is close to the melancholy of the Cello Concerto and Britten referred to its music as displaying “a personal tenderness and grief” as well as “genuine splendour”.
Blueneck music can be decribed as epic, presenting deep cinematic atmosphere, Ethereal mood that transcends the listener taking him to the journey to the deepest corners of one's heart. Blueneck are heavily influenced by the genre's monsters like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, A Silver Mt. Zion. They are not inovators of something new, but surely play post-rock at it's best. Blueneck integrate cello and piano in their sound,along with the fragile vocals of Duncan Attwood music gets some melancholic sense, but without forgetting the mind-twisting, soaring guitars.