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