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English Hymn Anthems: Works by Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Parry, Dyson et al. / Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury

Album Summary

>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : O for a Closer Walk with God, anthem, Op. 113/12
>Bairstow, Edward : Blessed city, heavenly Salem
>Whitlock, Percy : Jesu, grant me this I pray, for chorus & organ
>Parry, Charles H. : Seven Chorale Preludes Set 2
>Davies, Henry Walford : O Sons and Daughters, for chorus & organ
>Harris, William H. : O what their joy and their glory must be
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Three Preludes
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Vexilla Regis, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, chorus, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones & organ
>Dyson, George : Three Songs of Praise
>Wood, Charles : God omnipotent reigneth
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90)
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Notes & Reviews:

The first release of 2015 from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge presents the choir singing anthems based on hymn tunes from the Anglican choral tradition. English Hymn Anthems continues the choir's active commitment to expanding the popular understanding of choral repertoire through original research and recording. Highlights include Parry's epic Hear my words, ye people, Ireland's Vexilla Regis, organ preludes on traditional hymns by Parry and Edwards, and Lord, Thou has been our refuge by Vaughan Williams, featuring the trumpeter Alison Balsom. It provides at once a survey of traditional services at King's College Chapel, and a window into the little-known form of the hymn-anthem. King's College Choir owes its existence to King Henry VI. The 16 choristers are educated at King's College School, whilst the 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars study a variety of subjects in the College. This remains the Choir's raison d'e^tre, but its worldwide fame and reputation, enhanced by its many recordings and broadcasts, has led to high-profile performances around the world.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The hymn anthem - a choral work that employs traditional hymn texts - is a staple of the Anglican musical tradition. This album presents 10 anthems based on familiar hymns by Parry, Stanford, Bairstow, Whitlock, Davies, Harris, Ireland, Dyson, Wood, and Vaughan Williams. Parry's Hear My Words, Ye People at 14:42 is the major work. Most of these anthems will be familiar to lovers of this repertoire. Solo voices are excellent. Balsom'sregal trumpet adds splendor to 'Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge' by Vaughan Williams. Cleobury plays two chorale preludes. The SACD sound is first rate. Notes and texts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, England (07/2013).



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>Parry, Charles H. : Hear My Words, Ye People for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Choir of King's College, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 14 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : O for a Closer Walk with God, anthem, Op. 113/12
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bairstow, Edward : Blessed city, heavenly Salem
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Whitlock, Percy : Jesu, grant me this I pray, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Parry, Charles H. : Seven Chorale Preludes Set 2 :: no 5 'Eventide'
  • Performer: Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Davies, Henry Walford : O Sons and Daughters, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Harris, William H. : O what their joy and their glory must be
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Three Preludes :: 2. Rhosymedre
  • Performer: Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1920

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Vexilla Regis, for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, chorus, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones & organ
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Dyson, George : Three Songs of Praise :: 1. Praise
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Wood, Charles : God omnipotent reigneth
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90)
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921