A Voice from Heaven

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A Voice from Heaven

Label:

Vivat

Catalogue No:

VIVAT113

Discs:

1

Release date:

7th Oct 2016

Barcode:

0797776194384

Length:

68 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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A Voice from Heaven

British Choral Masterpieces


Berkeley, L:

Justorum animae

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Faire is the Heaven

Hewitt Jones, Thomas:

Drop, drop, slow tears

Howells:

Take him, earth, for cherishing

I heard a voice from Heaven

Leighton:

Drop, Drop Slow Tears

MacMillan:

Bring us, O Lord

Murrill:

The souls of the righteous

Parry:

Lord, let me know mine end (No. 6 from Songs of Farewell)

Stanford:

I heard a voice from heaven

Justorum animae, Op. 38 No. 1

Tavener:

Song for Athene

Take Him Earth For Cherishing


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A beautifully themed collection of fourteen of the finest unaccompanied British choral masterpieces of the last 125 years performed by award-winning Choir of The King’s Consort.

The fascinating mix of familiar and unfamiliar includes five ‘paired’ settings: William Harris’s classic 1959 ‘Bring us, O Lord God’ partnered by James MacMillan’s 2010 setting of the same words; Herbert Howells’ devastatingly poignant ‘Take him, earth, for cherishing’ (in memory of the slain President Kennedy) juxtaposed with John Tavener’s 2008 response to the same text; ‘Justorum animae’ (‘The souls of the righteous’) in versions by Lennox Berkeley, Charles Villiers Stanford and Herbert Murrill; heartfelt settings of ‘Drop, drop, slow tears’ by Kenneth Leighton and Thomas Hewitt Jones; and Stanford’s beautifully crafted ‘I heard a voice from Heaven’ coupled with Herbert Howell’s exquisite, mystical setting of the same words.

The collection is completed with three impressive single works: Parry’s valedictory ‘Lord, let me know mine end’, William Harris’s masterwork ‘Faire is the Heaven’, and a stunningly powerful recording of John Tavener’s ‘Song for Athene’, which sprang to global fame when performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Recorded in the well-nigh perfect acoustic of St Jude’s Church, London, by the award-winning production team of David Hinitt and Adrian Peacock.

Extensive presentation includes 64 page booklet with authoritative liner note in three languages by conductor Robert King, together with full sung texts and session photographs.

William Henry Harris: Bring Us, O Lord God (Live)

Bring us, O Lord God

James MacMillan: Bring Us, O Lord

Bring us, O Lord God

William Henry Harris: Faire is the Heaven

Faire is the Heaven

Herbert Howells: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing

Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing

John Tavener: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing

Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing

Charles Villiers Stanford: I heard a voice from heaven (Jag horde en rose fran Himlen)

I heard a voice from Heaven

Herbert Howells: Hymnus Paradisi (Anonymous lyricist)

Hymnus Paradisi: V. I heard a voice from heaven

Kenneth Leighton: Drop, drop, slow tears

Drop, drop, slow tears

Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell

Songs of Farewell: Lord, let Me Know Mine End

Charles Villiers Stanford: Justorum animae

Justorum animae

Lennox Berkeley: Justorum animae, Op. 60 No. 2

Justorum animae, Op. 60 No. 2

Herbert Murrill: The Souls of the Righteous

The Souls of the Righteous

Thomas Hewitt Jones: Drop, drop, slow Tears

Drop, drop, slow Tears

John Tavener: Song for Athene

Song for Athene

Sunday Times

23rd October 2016

“Impossible not to add to the praise that has greeted this beautifully performed collection...The settings are mournful but consolatory.”

The Observer

25th September 2016

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“this album of unaccompanied British choral works shows the 28-strong Choir of the King Consort, especially known for baroque performance, in a rich, lushly romantic light.”

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