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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

Building a Library

First Choice - July 2017

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Hyperion - CDS44321/4

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Dupré - Organ Music

Dupré - Organ Music


Dupré:

Prelude & Fugue in B major, Op. 7 No. 1

Esquisse In C Major Op. 41 No. 1

Esquisse No. 1 In E Minor Op. 41 No. 2

Prelude & Fugue in G minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Esquisse No. 2 In B Flat Minor Op. 41 No. 3

Placare Christe Servulis, Op. 38 No. 16

Chorale & Fugue in F sharp major, Op. 57

Te Lucis ante Terminum, Op. 38 No. 6

Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20

Symphonie-Passion Op. 23

Cortège et Litanie, Op. 19 No. 2

Deuxième Symphonie, Op. 26

Prelude & Fugue in F minor, Op. 7 No. 2

Allegro deciso (from Évocation Op. 37)


John Scott (organ of St Paul's Cathedral)

2 discs for the price of one

“The organ of St Paul's Cathedral might not be the most idiomatic of instruments for this generous compilation, but John Scott produces entrancing colours to complement the authority of his awesomely accomplished playing.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 *****

“The whole presentation is masterly—superb playing and superb engineering” Gramophone Magazine

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Hyperion Dyads Organ Music - CDD22059

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Whitlock: Organ Sonata and other works

Whitlock: Organ Sonata and other works


Whitlock, P:

Organ Sonata in C minor

Five Short Pieces

Fantasie Choral No. 1 in D flat major


John Scott (organ of St Paul’s Cathedral, London)

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Hyperion Organ Music - CDA67470

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Duruflé: The Complete Organ Music

Duruflé: The Complete Organ Music


Duruflé:

Prelude sur l'Introit de l'Epiphanie Op. 13

Prelude & Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7

Suite Op. 5

Scherzo, Op. 2

Prélude, Adagio & Choral Varié sur 'Veni Creator', Op. 4

with the Gentlemen of St Paul's Cathedral Choir

Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons Op. 12


John Scott (St Paul’s Cathedral Organ)

Erstwhile organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, John Scott, puts the cathedral’s wonderful instrument to the best possible use in this album of Maurice Duruflé’s complete works for organ.

Duruflé studied with the greatest organists of the age, Charles Tournemire and Louis Vierne, and there is no doubt that his exposure to the genius of both in their respective organ lofts had a formative influence. Duruflé’s compositional reputation is assured through one work: his beloved Requiem of 1947. In his organ music we hear his fascination with Gregorian plainchant themes which is such a feature of that work.

“Consummate phrasing, perfectly judged crescendos and bags of atmosphere. His playing is magisterial in its sheer elegance, discriminating taste, and devotion to the music” BBC Music Magazine

“Brilliantly played” CD Review

“Recordings and performances are splendid. Scott’s playing is technically immaculate and his interpretations are intense and moving” Gramophone Magazine

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Brahms - Motets

Brahms - Motets


Brahms:

Motets (2), Op. 29

Geistliches Lied, Op. 30

Sacred choruses (3) for unaccompanied four-part female chorus, Op. 37

Der 13. Psalm "Herr, wie lange" Op. 27

Motets (3), Op. 110

Motets (2), Op. 74

Ave Maria, Op. 12

Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109


“A must for any serious collector” Organists Review

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Bruckner - Mass in E Minor

Bruckner - Mass in E Minor


Bruckner:

Aequalis No. 1 for three trombones

Libera me, for choir, three trombones & organ, WAB 22

Aequalis No. 2 for three trombones

Mass No. 2 in E minor


John Scott (organ), Colin Sheen; Roger Brenner; Phillip Brown (trombones), Olga Hegedus (cello) & Thomas Martin (double bass)

Corydon Singers & English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best

‘One of the most beautiful recordings of a choral masterpiece I have ever heard’ (The Sunday Times)

“Two trombone processionals and a suitably 'pious' Libera Me pave the way to an impeccably-groomed, powerfully realised account of the great wind-accompanied Mass.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2007 ****

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Mendelssohn: Music for Organ

Mendelssohn: Music for Organ


Mendelssohn:

Three Preludes and Fugues for Organ, Op. 37

Organ Sonatas Nos. 1-6, Op. 65

Andante in F

Allegro maestoso in C

Andante in D

Fugue (allegro) in E minor

Fugue (lento) in F minor

Allegro in B flat

Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D minor


John Scott (organ of St Paul's Cathedral)

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Dupré - Organ Music 2

Dupré - Organ Music 2


Dupré:

Symphonie-Passion Op. 23

Cortège et Litanie, Op. 19 No. 2

Deuxième Symphonie, Op. 26

Prelude & Fugue in F minor, Op. 7 No. 2

Allegro deciso (from Évocation Op. 37)


John Scott (Organ of St Paul's Cathedral, London)

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Praise to the Lord

Praise to the Lord

Favourite hymns from St Paul's Cathedral


Croft:

O worship the King (Hanover)

Cruger:

Now thank we all our God (Nun danket)

Darwall:

Ye holy angels bright (Darwall's 148th)

Goss, J:

Praise my soul, the King of Heaven

Horsley, W:

There is a green hill far away

Monk, E G:

Angel voices, ever singing (Angel Voices)

Oakeley:

Sun of my soul (Abends)

Parry:

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (Repton)

Scholefield:

The Day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended (St Clement)

Silcher:

Faithful Shepherd, feed me (Pastor pastorum)

Somervell:

Praise to the holiest in the height (Chorus angelorum)

Stainer:

Lord Jesus, think on me (St Paul's)

trad.:

Immortal, invisible, God only wise (St Denio)

O for a closer walk with God (Caithness)

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Lobe den Herren)

He who would valiant be (Monks Gate)


John Scott (organ)

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, The English Brass Ensemble, John Scott

“Exemplary” Gramophone Magazine

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