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English Visionaries - Vaughan Williams: A Vision of Aeroplance; Mass in G minor; Lord, Thou hast been our refuge; Holst: The Evening Watch; Howells: The House of the Mind / Nicholas Morris, organ

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A Vision of Aeroplanes, motet for chorus & organ
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Prayer to the Father of Heaven, motet for chorus
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Mass in G minor
>Holst, Gustav : The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159
>Holst, Gustav : Sing me the men ere this, for chorus, Op. 43/2, H. 160
>Howells, Herbert : The House of the Mind, motet for chorus & organ
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This fifth disc in SOMM's successful collaboration with the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir and Paul Spicer adds another delightful album to the catalogue. The repertoire chosen by Spicer for this release despels the thought that the music of Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and Herbert Howells is "English" in a derogatory sense, recalling more Elisabeth Lutyen's "cowpat school" label than that of "visionary". As amply demonstrated here, all three were composers of enormous transcendent vision, forging a uniquely English musical revolution.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham (06/22/2015-06/23/2015).



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A Vision of Aeroplanes, motet for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Victoria Adams (Voice); Nicholas Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul Spicer
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham (06/22/2015-06/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1956

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Prayer to the Father of Heaven, motet for chorus
  • Performer: Nicholas Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul Spicer
  • Notes: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham (06/22/2015-06/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1948

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Mass in G minor
  • Performers: Elizabeth Adams (Voice); David Emerson (Voice); William Gee (Voice); Nicholas Morris (Organ); Nicola Starkie (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paul Spicer
  • Notes: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham (06/22/2015-06/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920-1921

>Holst, Gustav : The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159
  • Performers: Richard James (Voice); Nicholas Morris (Organ); Eloise Waterhouse (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paul Spicer
  • Notes: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham (06/22/2015-06/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Holst, Gustav : Sing me the men ere this, for chorus, Op. 43/2, H. 160
  • Performers: Richard James (Voice); Nicholas Morris (Organ); Eloise Waterhouse (Voice)
  • Conductor: Paul Spicer
  • Notes: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham (06/22/2015-06/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Howells, Herbert : The House of the Mind, motet for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Nicholas Morris (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul Spicer
  • Notes: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham (06/22/2015-06/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1949-1958

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Adams (Voice); Richard James (Voice); Nicholas Morris (Organ); Lucy Morton (Voice); Andrew Randall (Voice); John Sheppard (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Paul Spicer
  • Notes: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham (06/22/2015-06/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921