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Thompson: The Peaceable Kingdom, Mass of the Holy Spirit, etc / James Burton, et al

Album Summary

>Thompson, Randall : The Peaceable Kingdom
>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
>Thompson, Randall : The Last Invocation, for chorus
>Thompson, Randall : Mass of the Holy Spirit
>Thompson, Randall : Fare Well
Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For the past half century, the music of Randall Thompson has remained a staple in the choral repertoire. These delightful works are marked by skillful craftsmanship, a pervasive singability and uncommon beauty. This new recording features Thompson's 'The Peaceable Kingdom', based upon texts from the book of Isaiah, as well as his Mass, 'The Last Invocation' and 'Fare Well'. Also included is one of Thompson's most popular works, his Alleluia, written at the request of Serge Koussevitsky and premiered in July 1940, and today a beloved and time-honored contribution to the choral repertoire.

'The Schola Cantorum under James Burton radiates in performances that could not be bettered' (Gramophone)

'This superb recording ... The performances are first rate, Thompson's lucid yet never naïve word-painting realised with great sensitivity to both the musical and verbal fabrics ... The overall blend and balance of voices ... is also a great source of pleasure, adding much to Thompson's sweet and subtle yet wholly persuasive rhetoric. The recording ... is as luminous and attractive as Thompson's music, while composer Morten Lauridsen's expert booklet notes provide much useful biographical and technical information. Thompson may have been writing for his own day, but with advocates of the calibre of the present performers it's a safe bet that his musical legacy will continue to reach and move the hearts of a wide audience for some time to come' (International Record Review)

'James Burton inspires Oxford's classy intercollegiate choir to realise a masterpiece in Randall Thompson's The Peaceable Kingdom ... the bright, lithe sopranos are absolutely together ... the stimulating rhythms, exquisite tuning, rich word painting and constant attention to imaginative dynamics make this an outstanding performance' (The Times)

'A vivid response to words is paramount in the 1936 sacred motet sequence 'The Peacable Kingdom ... The performances do full justice to this little-known repertoire' (Choir & Organ Magazine)

'Schola Cantorum's program is nothing less than a treasure-trove... And so are James Burton and his excellent choir, who take on these often unassuming and straightforward, sometimes very demanding, technically unforgiving works with enthusiasm and commitment... Anyone who loves choral music will be right at home here' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Randall Thompson has been much recorded in the US ... but none match the sensitivity and accuracy of James Burton's consort. Thompson's fusion of 18th-century harmony with 20th-century word-painting techniques into something totally original shows why choirs love his music' (Classical Music Magazine)

'Schola Cantorum of Oxford dig into these works with such relish and enthusiasm, displaying an obvious love for this music, and cementing the idea of Thompson's universal appeal' (Audiophile Audition, USA)



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Works Details

>Thompson, Randall : The Peaceable Kingdom
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/09/2008-03/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Thompson, Randall : Alleluia
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/09/2008-03/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Thompson, Randall : The Last Invocation, for chorus
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/09/2008-03/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Thompson, Randall : Mass of the Holy Spirit
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/09/2008-03/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1956

>Thompson, Randall : Fare Well
  • Conductor: James Burton
  • Notes: Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, England (03/09/2008-03/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973