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Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

and other works


Vaughan Williams:

Serenade to Music

Elizabeth Connell (soprano), Amanda Roocroft (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Martyn Hill (tenor), Maldwyn Davies (tenor), Anne Dawson (soprano), Linda Kitchen (soprano), Alan Opie (baritone), Gwynne Howell (bass), Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano) & John Connell (bass)

Five Mystical Songs

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)

Flos Campi

Nobuko Imai (viola)


“Performances like these don’t come along very often; each one is an absolute winner, and with rich, atmospheric recording quality the satisfaction is of a very special quality” CD Review

“Strongly recommended!” Fanfare

“Profoundly moving” Gramophone Magazine

“Sometimes heard as a full choral work, the Serenade to Music takes on its greatest beauty in its original version for sixteen soloists. Matthew Best's soloists are certainly up to the task here, with some big names in the ranks and a sound that beautifully sits between choral and soloistic singing styles. Thomas Allen is a moving and believable soloist in the Five Mystical Songs; after just a few bars of the first number, Easter, I was convinced.” David Smith, Presto Classical, June 2014

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Hyperion 30th Anniversary - CDA30025

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Vaughan Williams - Choral Works

Vaughan Williams - Choral Works

from CDA66420, CDA66655, CDA66511 & CDA66569


Vaughan Williams:

Serenade to Music

Elizabeth Connell (soprano), Amanda Roocroft (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Martyn Hill (tenor), Maldwyn Davies (tenor), Anne Dawson (soprano), Linda Kitchen (soprano), Alan Opie (baritone), Gwynne Howell (bass), Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzosoprano) & John Connell (bass)

English Chamber Orchestra

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Thomas Allen (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra

Flos Campi

Nobuko Imai (viola)

English Chamber Orchestra

Five Mystical Songs

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra

Dona Nobis Pacem

A Cantata for soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra

Judith Howarth (soprano) & Thomas Allen (baritone)

Corydon Orchestra

Four Hymns

for tenor, viola and strings

John Mark Ainsley (tenor) & Matthew Souter (viola)

Corydon Orchestra

O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)

Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)

The Pilgrim's Progress - A Bunyan Sequence

Text and music adapted by Christopher Palmer from the 1942 radio version of The Pilgrim's Progress.

Sir John Gielgud, Richard Pasco, Ursula Howells (speakers), Aidan Oliver (treble)

The City of London Sinfonia

A Song of Thanksgiving

Sir John Gielgud (speaker), Lynne Dawson (soprano) & John Scott (organ)

The London Oratory Junior Choir

Three Choral Hymns

Magnificat

Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano), Duke Dobing (flute) & Roger Judd (organ)

The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains

Bryn Terfel (baritone), Alan Opie (baritone), Adrian Thompson (tenor), Jonathan Best (bass), John Mark Ainsley (tenor) & Linda Kitchen (soprano)

The Hundredth Psalm 'O be joyful in the Lord'

Toward the Unknown Region


Issued to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Vaughan Williams’s death, this collection is tantalizing: it starts with one of the best-selling discs in the the catalogue, the Serenade to Music, and includes such favourites as the Five Mystical Songs and The Hundreth Psalm. There are also two intriguing pairings: in Dona nobis pacem, RVW warns of the impending doom of WWII, in A song of thanksgiving we hear his moving response to its successful conclusion; in The shepherds of the delectable mountains we hear an early working of Bunyan’s literary masterpiece, later extensively reworked in the landmark 1942 BBC radio production of The Pilgrim’s Progress featuring Sir John Gielgud and reprised here, this time in condensed form.

“The performances are splendid, graced by such soloists as Thomas Allen (Dona nobis pacem, Five Mystical Songs) and Bryn Terfel (The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains)..The rapturous Serenade to Music has a cast of 16 singers fit to rival those of the original recording. Anne Dawson’s top note on the word “music” is spine-tingling.” Sunday Times, 1st June 2008 ****

“Performances like these don’t come along very often; each one is an absolute winner, and with rich, atmospheric recording quality the satisfaction is of a very special quality” CD Review

“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.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2008 *****

“Matthew Best and the Corydon Singers have made something of a speciality of English choral music, and this four-CD box-set showcases their beautiful sound and consummate musicality. They're mostly smaller-scale works, though Dona Nobis Pacem features, and there are some less well-known items such as the Song of Thanksgiving - which in the Corydon Singers' capable hands are just as appealing as the established favourites.” David Smith, Presto Classical, June 2014

Presto Disc of the Week

14th July 2008

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First Choice - July 2017

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Hyperion - CDS44321/4

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Henri Duparc - The Complete Songs

Henri Duparc - The Complete Songs


Duparc:

L'Invitation au voyage

Sérénade florentine

Testament

Phidylé

Extase

La vague et la cloche

Chanson triste

Le Galop

Romance de Mignon

Au pays où se fait la guerre

Le manoir de Rosemonde

Elegie

Lamento

La Fuite

Sérénade

Soupir

La vie antérieure


Sarah Walker (mezzo soprano), Thomas Allen (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

“Roger Vignoles is a most sympathetic accompanist, and virtuosic where virtuosity is called for, and the whole set is at one with Duparc's own evaluation of these magnificent songs” Gramophone Magazine

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Hyperion French Song Edition - CDA66323

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The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs Volume 16

The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs Volume 16

Schiller settings


Schubert:

Leichenfantasie D7

Laura am Klavier, D388

Die Entzückung an Laura, D390

Die Entzuckung an Laura D577

completed by Reinhard Van Hoorickx

An die Freude D189

An Emma, D113

Das Madchen aus der Fremde D117

Das Geheimnis D793

Die Burgschaft, D246

Der Jüngling am Bache D638

Die vier Weltalter, D391

Sehnsucht, D52

Der Pilgrim, D794 (Schiller)


Thomas Allen (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

'This series is a long process of discovery, and there is plenty to discover here' (BBC Music Magazine)

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Hyperion Schubert Song Edition - CDJ33016

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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Toward the Unknown Region

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Toward the Unknown Region


Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

A Cantata for soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra

Judith Howarth (soprano & Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)

Four Hymns

for tenor, viola and strings

John Mark Ainsley (tenor) & Matthew Souter (viola)

Toward The Unknown Region

O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)

Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)


Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best

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Hyperion - CDA66655

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A Treasury of English Song

A Treasury of English Song

A selection of songs from the Hyperion catalogue.


Bantock:

Song to the Seals

Bridge:

Go Not, Happy Day

Britten:

Fish in the Unruffled Lakes (No. 4 from Fish in the Unruffled Lakes)

The Choirmaster's Burial (No. 5 from Winter Words)

Browne, W D:

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Butterworth, G:

The lads in their hundreds

Finzi:

To Lizbie Browne

June on Castle Hill

Gibbs, C A:

Five Eyes

Ann's Cradle Song

Gurney:

Down by the Salley Gardens

I will go with my father a-ploughing

Ha'nacker Mill

Under the greenwood tree

Ireland:

Sea Fever

I have twelve oxen

Lehmann, L:

Charles Augustus Fortescue

Lloyd Webber, W:

The Call of the Morning

Milford:

If it's ever spring again

Parry:

Armida's Garden

Quilter:

Come away, death

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Somervell:

Come into the garden, Maud

Stanford:

From the red rose

A soft day

Blackberry time

The rain it raineth every day

Vaughan Williams:

Orpheus with his lute

Let Beauty awake

Warlock:

As ever I saw

Yarmouth Fair

My own country


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More Songs my Father Taught Me

More Songs my Father Taught Me


Ball, Ernest:

Mother Machree

Barri:

The Old Brigade

Clay:

I'll sing thee songs of Araby

Coates, E:

I heard you singing

Star of God

The Green Hills o' Somerset

Elliott, A:

There's a long, long trail a-winding

Hardelot:

Because

Harrison, A:

In the Gloaming

Hatton:

Simon the Cellarer

Jacobs-Bond:

Just a-wearyin' for you

A Perfect Day

Molloy:

Love's Old Sweet Song

Murray, A:

Will you go with me?

Sanderson, W:

Friend o' mine

Time to go

Sheldon, G M:

A Cradle Song

Somerset:

Echo

A Song of Sleep

Squire:

Mountain Lovers

Sterndale Bennett:

The Songs of Today

Sullivan, A:

Orpheus with his Lute

trad.:

Water o' Tyne

Down by the Salley Gardens

(arr. Herbert Hughes)

The Star of the County Down

(arr. Herbert Hughes)

She moved through the fair

Wallace, W V:

Yes! let me like a soldier fall

Wood, Haydn:

Roses of Picardy

Woodforde-Finden:

Kashmiri Song


Thomas Allen (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

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Editor's Choice - August 2003

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Hyperion Song Recitals - CDA67374

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Songs my Father Taught Me

Songs my Father Taught Me


Adams, S:

The Holy City

Capel:

Love, could I only tell thee

Coates, E:

Bird Songs at Eventide

Dix:

The Trumpeter

Dresser:

On the banks of the Wabash, far away

Lambert, F:

God's Garden

She is far from the land

Murray, A:

I'll walk beside you

Novello:

Till the boys come home

O'Connor, F:

The Old House

Peel:

In Summertime on Bredon

Penn, A:

Smilin' through

Purcell, E C:

Passing by

Quilter:

Drink to me only

Rasbach:

Trees

Robson:

The Cheviot Hills

Sanderson, W:

Until

Sullivan, A:

My Dearest Heart

The Lost Chord

Tate, P:

The lark in the clear air

Travers, A:

A Mood

Wood, Haydn:

Bird of Love Divine

Love's Garden of Roses

It is only a tiny garden

A brown bird singing


Thomas Allen (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

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Duruflé: Requiem

Duruflé: Requiem


Duruflé:

Requiem, Op. 9

(third version)

Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op. 10


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Hyperion - CDA66191

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