This is the first recording completely devoted to the music of Paul Corfield Godfrey, and concentrates on pieces associated with his setting of epic scenes from J R R Tolkien’s unfinished work The Silmarillion, the largest-scale musical work written in Wales in the twentieth century. The composer was born in London and after a period of residence in Ireland now lives in Wales, studying at various times with Alan Bush and David Wynne. His compositions include four symphonies: various orchestral, chamber and instrumental works: songs and choral works: and operas, including The Dialogues of Óisin and Saint Patric and Arcturus, both performed in Cardiff and elsewhere.
The recording comes from sessions held in Hereford in November 2016, in excellent sound and with a marvellous team of young performers including Adam Jondelius (baritone), Connor Fogel (piano), Andrew Henley (tenor) and Tara McSwiney (soprano). The disc includes seven songs to words by J R R Tolkien, two instrumental pieces inspired by episodes in The Silmarillion, and the first complete performance of the song cycle Mysteries of Time which includes a number of musical references to Tolkien.