Penrhyn Male Choir - Dychwelyd

Saturday 1st April 1995
Penrhyn Male Choir - Dychwelyd

STYLE: Choral
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Sain 2038

Reviewed by Tony May

12 tracks arranged into a varied programme. The traditional base is enhanced by use of a rhythm section that provides very tasteful contemporary-sounding backing. The blend of old and new is unusual and refreshing. The album was made to mark the 100th anniversary of the choir's visit to Chicago and timed to coincide with a return trip. Various memorable traditional Welsh hymns are included and their full beauty is drawn out by this finely-tuned ensemble. The performances are simply immaculate, smooth yet emotional, a credit to conductor and musical director Alun Llwyd. Strong solo work from baritone Einion Holland and the multi-talented Caryl Parry Jones. If you enjoy sophisticated yet joyous singing from a powerful chorale, this 100-strong ensemble can supply that, with more than a touch of creative originality.

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