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Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, September 2017

This is the same ensemble that combined the songs of John Ireland and EJ Moeran to create one of the best choral releases of 2016. Here they bring Frederick Delius and Arnold Bax together for a festive meeting of hearts and minds. Bax’s rousing and radiant ‘Mater Ora Filium’ and the lushly chromatic “impression of nature” Delius called ‘On Craig Ddu’ are the only works on the program I had heard before.

The choir’s entry into the music is complete, which makes this program one of the quickest 70-minute jaunts of recent memory.  © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Michael Wilkinson
MusicWeb International, August 2017


If we were to take this CD, it might be easy to generalise by saying that on first hearing, the Delius pieces are the more instantly appealing, the Bax more weighty and ultimately more rewarding. But that might be over-simple. The earlier works of Delius do lean backwards to the sound worlds of Schumann, Mendelssohn and Grieg, but later pieces, such as On Craig Dhu, are distinctive and extraordinarily well-crafted—originally intended for the Liverpool Festival Chorus, On Craig Dhu benefits in the new performance from the precision of a smaller, professional group, from the gentle waves of the opening to the broadening offered by the introduction of lower voices. If Delius wrote a more beautiful piece, in any medium, than this, I cannot think of it. The Carice Singers give full measure to its gentle undulations. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 2017

An album collection of Choral Music by pre-modernist, sometimes quasi-impressionist English composers Frederick Delius (1862–1934) and Arnold Bax (1883–1953) would first off demand an excellent choral group to make it all shine. We most happily get this with the Carice Singers under George Parris. They are angelic, well balanced and have sopranos that launch the high notes with bell-like clarity and beauty.

They handle the program with impeccable sonority and musicality, bringing out the spirit and letter of the music. There are subtle folk elements buried within these pieces, and often enough a kind of pastoral modern archaicism that only adds to the charm.

This one is sheer pleasure. Anyone who likes the Anglo school and/or loves some well sung early contemporary fare will find it all very worthwhile. Recommended! © 2017 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

James Manheim, June 2017

…get a taste of the technically flawless yet warm Carice Singers under the direction of George Parris. …The performances are top-notch throughout, and they make you want to hear more from this fine, small professional choir… © 2017 Read complete review

John France
MusicWeb International, June 2017

I found the singing by the Carice Singers virtually faultless. Intonation and diction are perfect. Along with their director, George Parris, they provide definitive performances of all these choral works. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, May 2017

This is an extremely attractive disc for the many adherents of lyric British choral music of the period from 1890 onwards. Most of these pieces were written between the 1890s and the 1920s.

The honeyed glow of sound in On Craig Ddu attests immediately to the sensitive skills of the Carice Singers and the Naxos audio team. As a work and as a performance its combination of sated exhaustion and exaltation is striking.

The Carice reading of This Worldes Joie has a very civilised and rounded tone. The swaying processional glow of medieval music speaking across the centuries is nicely put across.

All members of the Carice Singers are listed and the soloist voices drawn from the choir are also punctiliously identified by Naxos.

This is a stunning disc in every aspect. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2017

Though Britain is awash with choral groups of various shapes and size, today’s performances of unaccompanied part-songs written by its own composers are rare. To some extent, that reflects the fact that it owed much to German influences, and would have, for instance, done much to colour Delius’s songs coming from his years at the Leipzig Conservatoire. Much that we have on this release comes from that period, and it is only in the opening track, and the three ending this selection that you find any connection with his brief years spent in England, the only familiar track coming in Summer Night on the Water known in its orchestral guise. Most are of cameo length—Sonnenscheinlied (Song of Sunshine) lasting less than one minute—and are sung in their original German. In total contrast with Delius, Arnold Bax, spent practically all of his life in England, though his music frequently displays his affection for Ireland and windswept northern Europe. Here he is largely represented by happy folksongs gathered on a sojourn to Greece that he used English translations, and are in complete contrast with The Worldes Joie which speaks of the inevitability of death. Under their founder conductor, George Parris, the tonal quality of the outstanding Carice Singers is very British, the internal balance of the twenty singers keeping the texture very open and with much internal detail. The Oxford church offers an ideal reverberation to a very fine recording. Much recommended. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

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