The Kymric Oriana Choir
conducted by John Devonald
Many listeners will recall hearing Henry Leslie's Choir, which, formed in the 'fifties of last century, was famous until 1880, when it broke up. It was later re-organized, again under his direction. Leslie wrote a good deal of music, both vocal and instrumental-cantatas, anthems, operettas, chamber music, etc.
How sweet the moonlight sleeps is a setting of some of the familiar lines of Lorenzo, in the last Act of The Merchant of Venice.
With Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf (based on Longfellow's poems, in his
Tales of a Wayside Inn) Elgar made a dramatic cantata, just over thirty years ago. At the end of the work there is an Epilogue telling of the power of the Cross over the sword. The unaccompanied chorus, As torrents in summer, compares the work of God on fainting hearts to the rain from the skies swelling the thirsty streams in summer.
The Kymric Oriana
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