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Walton: Coronation Te Deum, etc / Layton, Polyphony, et al

Album Summary

>Walton, William : A Queen's Fanfare, for brass
>Walton, William : Coronation Te Deum, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra
>Walton, William : A Litany
>Walton, William : The Twelve, anthem for chorus & organ
>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
>Walton, William : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Chichester Service), for chorus & organ
>Walton, William : Where does the uttered music go?, for chorus
>Walton, William : Jubilate Deo
>Walton, William : Missa brevis
>Walton, William : Cantico del sole, for chorus
>Walton, William : Christmas Carols (4) for chorus
>Walton, William : Antiphon, for chorus & organ
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Sound quality is truly spectacular. Texts and program notes are up to Hyperion's usual high standard. This sterling collection should win Walton's choral music many new fans." - Koob, ARG

'Every generation delivers an outstanding talent with the vision and commitment necessary to produce refreshingly individual, totally convincing interpretations. Stephen Layton's readings of Walton's choral music on this tremendous disc are without equal, supported by the high-octane, stylish singing of Polyphony and one of the finest recorded sounds I've heard for years. Layton sets a stately speed for the Coronation Te Deum, although the crisp brass fanfares of the Wallace Collection and articulate work from the choir convey a rare energy and exuberance. Buy it!' (Classic FM Magazine)

'An outstanding collection' (Gramophone)

'Performances are vibrant and energetic, and attack the scrunchy harmonies with complete accuracy' (BBC Music Magazine)

'What a splendid work it is, especially when sung with the verve brought to it by Stephen Layton's choir Polyphony' (Sunday Telegraph)

'From fanfare to finale this is a very fine and fitting centenary compilation indeed' (Organists' Review)

'a wonderfully refreshing interpretation' (The Observer)

'A great collection and an absolute winner' (Cathedral Music)

'On trouve chez Layton, avec des churs d'une beauté et d'une précision étonnantes, un surcroît de chaleur et d'investissement, ce qui place ce disque en tête de la discographie' (Répertoire, France)

'This sterling collection should win Walton's choral music many new fans' (American Record Guide)

'For Waltonians, this is a compulsory purchase' (HMV Choice)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This disc has important bonuses that all Walton devotees will value. The inclusion of The Wallace Collection brings an immediate advantage in the first choral item, the Coronation Te Deum, when the extra bite of brass adds greatly to the impact of a piece originally designed for very large forces in Westminster Abbey. Brass also adds to the impact of the final item, Antiphon, one of Walton's very last works, setting George Herbert's hymn Let all the world in every cornersing. The new disc also includes Walton's four carols, which makes this as comprehensive a collection of Walton's shorter choral pieces as could be imagined. As for the performances and recording, the professional group, Polyphony, with sopranos very boyish, have many of the advantages that the St John's Choir offer on Naxos in bright choral sound set in an ecclesiastical atmosphere. The acoustic of Hereford Cathedral is a little washy in places, and the balance of some of the solo voices is odd at times, yet the merits of these performances far outweigh any slight reservations, with the professional singers a degree more warmly expressive than the all-male St John's Choir.



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>Walton, William : A Queen's Fanfare, for brass
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Walton, William : Coronation Te Deum, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1952-1953

>Walton, William : A Litany
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1916-1930

>Walton, William : The Twelve, anthem for chorus & organ
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964-1965

>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Walton, William : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Chichester Service), for chorus & organ
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1974-1975

>Walton, William : Where does the uttered music go?, for chorus
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1945-1946

>Walton, William : Jubilate Deo
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971-1972

>Walton, William : Missa brevis
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1965-1966

>Walton, William : Cantico del sole, for chorus
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1973-1974

>Walton, William : A Litany
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1916-1930

>Walton, William : Christmas Carols (4) for chorus
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1931

>Walton, William : A Litany
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1916-1930

>Walton, William : Antiphon, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: James Vivian (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Hereford Cathedral/St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, England (01/03/2002/01/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1977