Ralph Vaughan Williams: Various Choral Works (Hyperion Audio CD)

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Various Choral Works (Hyperion Audio CD)

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Subtitle: 4-CD set

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Publisher: Hyperion

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Sir John Gielgud (speaker)
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
Judith Howarth (soprano)
Lynne Dawson (soprano)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Adrian Thompson (tenor)
Bryn Terfel (baritone)
Thomas Allen (baritone)
Alan Opie (baritone)
Jonathan Best (bass)
John Scott (organ)

English Chamber Orchestra
Corydon Orchestra
The City of London Sinfonia
Corydon Singers
The London Oratory Junior Choir
Matthew Best, conductor

“The performances are splendid, graced by such soloists as Thomas Allen (Dona nobis pacem, Five Mystical Songs) and Bryn Terfel (The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains)..The rapturous Serenade to Music has a cast of 16 singers fit to rival those of the original recording. Anne Dawson’s top note on the word “music” is spine-tingling.” Sunday Times, 1st June 2008 ****

“Performances like these don’t come along very often; each one is an absolute winner, and with rich, atmospheric recording quality the satisfaction is of a very special quality.” CD Review

“Best has a fine sense of VW as a dramatic composer, bringing tremendous urgency to Dona Nobis Pacem and real passion to the Five Mystical Songs. Best's Serenade to Music is the original, not least in matching the star quality of the singers, but also in its magical atmosphere. He equally evokes VW's sensuous side, not only in Flos Campi but also in the Magnificat with its ecstatic writing for female voices.”
BBC Music Magazine, July 2008 *****

Contents and Reviews


Serenade to Music Fantasia on Christmas Carols Flos Campi Five Mystical Songs Dona Nobis Pacem A Cantata for soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra Four Hymns for tenor, viola and strings O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47) Lord, Thou has been our refuge The Pilgrim's Progress - A Bunyan Sequence A Song of Thanksgiving Three Choral Hymns Magnificat The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains The Hundredth Psalm 'O be joyful in the Lord' Toward the Unknown Region