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English Choral Music - Works by Bliss, Britten, Bax, Finzi, Tippett et al. / Cambridge Chamber Choir, Timothy Brown

Notes & Reviews:

Cambridge University Chamber Choir performs three twentieth-century English song cycles for mixed choir, including the rarely-recorded A Garland for the Queen. A Garland was composed to commemorate the Queen's coronation in 1953 by a selection of the finest English composers including Finzi, Bliss, Bax, Tippett, Vaughan Williams, Howells and Ireland. The two works by Benjamin Britten, AMDG and Sacred and Profane, are virtuoso show pieces for mixed choir.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
They are among Britten's most engaging songs. I like this for the first-class singing, and because the repertoire is, for the most part, unfamiliar. The Chamber Choir is made up of men and women culled from the ranks of Cambridge's many separate colleges, and they do sing extremely well. Bliss's chirpy 'Aubade', RVW's 'Silence and Music', Ireland's 'Hills', and Finzi's handsome madrigal, 'White-flowering Days' are the most affecting offerings, I'd say.



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