I have a Palestinian friend who many years ago confessed to me that the sight that sickened him the most was ‘four men in a car’. He was of the view that most things in life require and, indeed, are sweeter if at least one woman is involved.
I don’t know what he would have made of all male choirs, barber shop quartets or gay men. Probably not much. But when it comes to sweetness, there is nothing that hits that special spot in the soul, as a Welsh Men’s Choir.
I came across this LP last week while prowling through a relative’s rarely used stash of vinyl. The owner’s eyes lit up. Within a few seconds the ‘wall of sound’ as he called it, was issuing from his very fine HiFi speakers. It was a fantastic experience and one I wanted to share with the Washerman’s Dog’s group of stragglers as quickly as possible.
This is a recording of 1000 men singing! In the Royal Albert Hall! Accompanied only by a pipe organ! I keep playing it at top volume (much to the consternation of the kids) over and over again. A wall of sound is about the only way to describe this.
I hoe you enjoy it too! A great record for a Sunday or any other day of the week. Sure to pick up your spirits and have you singing again!
01 God Save the Queen”
02 Serenade (from ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’)
03 O Isis and Osiris (from ‘The Magic Flute’)
04 Pilgrims Chorus (from ‘Tannhauser’)
05 Chorus of Hebrew Slaves (from ‘Nabucco’)
06 Soldiers’ Chorus (from ‘Faust’)
07 Silver Birch
08 Battle Hymn of the Republic
09 Laudamus (Bryn Calfaria)
10 Tydi A Roddaist
11 Deus Saltus (Llef)
12 Ar Hyd Y Nos (All Through the Night)
13 Rhyfelgyrch Gwyr Harlech (Men of Harlech)
14 Cyfri’r Geifr (Counting the Goats)
16 (a) Cwm Rhondda (Guide Me, Oh thou Great Jehovah) (b) Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land of My Fathers)