Vaughan Williams - Sacred Choral Music

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Vaughan Williams - Sacred Choral Music



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1st Feb 2010




61 minutes


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Vaughan Williams - Sacred Choral Music

Vaughan Williams:

The Voice out of the Whirlwind; (Motet for Chorus and Orchestra)

Valiant for Truth

Mass in G minor

Three Choral Hymns

Nothing is here for tears

A vision of aeroplanes

James McVinnie (organ)

The Souls of the Righteous

A Choral Flourish (Exultate justi)



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Ralph Vaughan Williams’s sublime Mass in G minor reveals the composer’s absorbing interest in using the modal harmonic language and contrapuntal textures of the English late Renaissance to achieve a huge emotional and dynamic range.

Undoubtedly the most technically demanding work on this disc is A Vision of Aeroplanes, a virtuosic motet for mixed chorus and organ.

Several neglected works also feature here, including The Voice out of the Whirlwind, an anthem for mixed chorus and orchestra or organ, and Valiant-for-truth, one of several works based on Bunyan’s Christian allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Voice out of the Whirlwind

The Voice out of the Whirlwind

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth

Valiant for Truth

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor




Sanctus - Benedictus

Agnus Dei

Ralph Vaughan Williams: 3 Choral Hymns

No. 1. Easter Hymn

No. 2. Christmas Hymn

No. 3. Whitsunday Hymn

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Nothing is Here for Tears

Nothing is Here for Tears

Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Vision of Aeroplanes

A Vision of Aeroplanes

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Souls of the Righteous

The Souls of the Righteous

Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Choral Flourish

A Choral Flourish

BBC Music Magazine

April 2010


“what impresses about this performance is the exceptional sense of shape, both in overview and in tiny details...This comes with a strong recommendation.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2010

“there is nothing like having youth and intelligence on your side, and [Brown's] musicians, singers and players certainly support the freshness of their voices with the mental energy which so distinguishes the Cambridge School...this performance, lovingly moulded and well in the best tradition.”

MusicWeb International

February 2013

“Throughout this varied and contrasting programme the Clare College choir is on top form. Their discipline, tuning, intonation and balance are all beyond reproach and all the performances are full of sensitivity. All of this bespeaks scrupulous preparation. The choir makes the fresh sound of youthful and very well trained voices”

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