Pastsongs by Ireland and Delius.

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Having been born and spent his young years in Bradford, Delius grew up with the sound of choral song and he composed Partsongs with great ease.

The early ones have German texts (with English translations) and the gem is the beautiful “On Craig Ddu” — one of Delius’s early choral masterpieces.

John Ireland too, made a significant contribution to the genre and he shares with Delius the gift of lyricism and colour.

Heraclitus, Twilight Night and Immortality being among his most delightful.

The Birmingham Conservatoire Choir under Choral Director Paul Spicer sings them beautifully and with great verve.