1 800 222 6872

Vaugham Williams: Choral Works / Best, Corydon Singers, et al

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Serenade to music
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Mystical Songs (5) for baritone, chorus ad lib & orchestra (or organ)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Flos campi
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Dona nobis pacem
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Hymns (4) for Tenor, Viola and Strings
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Toward the Unknown Region, for chorus & orchestra
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O clap your hands
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Pilgrim's Progress, incidental music for radio program
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A Song of Thanksgiving for soprano, speaker, chorus & orchestra
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Choral Hymns (3) for baritone or tenor, chorus & orchestra
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Magnificat for female chorus, flute & orchestra in A major
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains, opera
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Old Hundredth Psalm Tune
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Issued to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Vaughan Williams' death, this collection is tantalizing: it starts with one of the best-selling discs in the Hyperion catalogue, the 'Serenade to Music', and includes such favorites as the 'Five Mystical Songs' and 'The Hundredth Psalm'. There are also two intriguing pairings. In 'Dona nobis pacem', RVW warns of the impending doom of WWII, and in 'A song of thanksgiving' we hear his moving response to its successful conclusion.

'The performances are splendid, graced by such soloists as Thomas Allen and Bryn Terfel ... The rapturous Serenade to Music has a cast of 16 singers fit to rival those of the original recording' (Sunday Times)

'This is as impressive and noteworthy a set as one could ask. It cuts a juicy swathe through the RVW catalogue of vocal works. In doing so it mixes the great with enjoyable ephemera and the Bunyan-centred with the godly and grand ... Hyperion's laurels of the nineties granted freshly irresistible life in the now not so new millennium' (MusicWeb.com)

'The quality of Best's choristers and his insistence on the highest standards hallmark the Corydon Singers' catalogue of Hyperion recordings, especially so in their Vaughan Williams output released here on four CDs ... Best's sense of pacing, feeling for word-painting and singer's instinct for phrasing never fail' (Classic FM Magazine)

'This present collection brings together critical elements of Vaughan Williams's style in excellent interpretations and recordings with a comprehensive set of notes, texts and photographs. In this 50th-anniversary year, it becomes an affectionate document - and proof of the composer's mastery of choral writing' (Choir and Organ Magazine)

BBC Music Magazine
Best has a fine sense of VW as a dramatic composer, bringing tremendous urgency to Dona Nobis Pacem and real passion to the Five Mystical Songs. Best's Serenade to Music is the original, not least in matching the star quality of the singers, but also in its magical atmosphere. He equally evokes VW's sensuous side, not only in Flos Campi but also in the Magnificat with its ecstatic writing for female voices.



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased



Previous


Next


Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Serenade to music
  • Performers: Arthur Davies (Tenor); Sarah Walker (Mezzo-soprano); Anne Dawson (Soprano); Linda Kitchen (Soprano); Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Maciej Rakowski (Violin); Maldwyn Davies (Tenor); Elizabeth Connell (Soprano); Thomas Allen (Baritone); John Ainsley (Tenor); Amanda Roocroft (Soprano); John Connell (Bass); Gwynne Howell (Bass); Martyn Hill; Alan Opie
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: 02/18/1990-02/19/1990
  • Running Time: 13 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1938

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Mystical Songs (5) for baritone, chorus ad lib & orchestra (or organ)
  • Performer: Thomas Allen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 02/18/1990-02/19/1990
  • Running Time: 19 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Performers: Thomas Allen (Baritone); Charles Tunnell (Cello)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 02/18/1990-02/19/1990
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1912

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Flos campi
  • Performer: Nobuko Imai (Viola)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Running Time: 22 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Dona nobis pacem
  • Performer: Judith Howarth (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 06/10/1993-06/12/1993
  • Running Time: 34 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Hymns (4) for Tenor, Viola and Strings
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Matthew Souter (Viola)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 06/10/1993-06/12/1993
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1914

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Toward the Unknown Region, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Running Time: 12 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O clap your hands
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 06/10/1993-06/12/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 06/10/1993-06/12/1993
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Pilgrim's Progress, incidental music for radio program
  • Performers: Aidan Oliver (Treble); Christine Barratt (Soprano); David Rix (Clarinet); Matthew Souter (Viola); John Bowen (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 11/21/1990-11/22/1990
  • Running Time: 61 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1942

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A Song of Thanksgiving for soprano, speaker, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: John Scott (Organ); Lynne Dawson
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 11/20/1990/11/22/1990
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Choral Hymns (3) for baritone or tenor, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Roger Judd (Organ); John Bowen (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 11/20/1990/11/22/1990
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1929

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Magnificat for female chorus, flute & orchestra in A major
  • Performers: Roger Judd (Organ); Duke Dobing (Flute)
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Singers
  • Notes: 11/20/1990/11/22/1990
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1932

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains, opera
  • Performers: Adrian Thompson (Tenor); Linda Kitchen (Soprano); John Ainsley (Tenor); Jonathan Best (Bass); Alan Opie; Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Orchestra
  • Notes: 11/20/1990/11/22/1990
  • Running Time: 21 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1921

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Old Hundredth Psalm Tune
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Ensemble: Corydon Orchestra
  • Notes: 11/20/1990/11/22/1990
  • Running Time: 7 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929