Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem

This page lists all recordings of Dona Nobis Pacem, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

Cantata for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed chorus (SATB), and orchestra. Five sections: Agnus Dei (the Liturgy); Beat! Beat! Drums! (Whitman); Reconciliation (Whitman); Dirge for Two Veterans3 (Whitman); The Angel of Death (John Bright) and sections from the Old and New Testaments.

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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Hough: Missa Mirabilis

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Hough: Missa Mirabilis


Hough:

Missa Mirabilis

first recording

Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

Christopher Maltman (baritone), Sarah Fox (soprano)


Colorado Symphony Chorus & Colorado Symphony, Andrew Litton

Dona nobis pacem became a somewhat unexpected hit for Vaughan Williams. A fervently anti-war plea from the heart composed in 1936 as a pièce d’occasion for the Huddersfield Choral Society, it remains to this day one of the composer’s most widely performed works. Coupled with it here is the first recording of Stephen Hough’s Missa Mirabilis (the title derives from an unfortunate motorway incident), a work which shares with the Vaughan Williams an ability to seem very much greater than the sum of its parts. Andrew Litton directs the Colorado Symphony and all-star soloists Sarah Fox and Christopher Maltman.

“Vaughan Williams's Dona nobis pacem is a work that wastes no time cutting to the quick, and nor does this performance of it: in the opening Agnus Dei soprano Sarah Fox is immediately intense and focused, the Colorado Symphony coiled and ready to spring on the explosive tutti that rips forth from the softer textures” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 ****

“Litton presides over another first-rate display.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

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Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem & Sancta Civitas

Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem & Sancta Civitas


Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

Sancta Civitas


“...Richard Hickox [has a] superb team on his outstanding version: Yvonne Kenny, a top-form Bryn Terfel and a tiny but telling contribution from the late and very much lamented Philip Langridge.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010

“This is a generous and inspiring coupling of two of Vaughan Williams's most important choral utterances.
Hickox coaxes magnificent sounds from the LSO throughout: in Dona nobis pacem, for example, the sense of orchestral spectacle during 'Beat! Beat! drums!' is riveting in its physical impact.
The London Symphony Chorus combines fullthroated discipline and sensitivity to nuance, and Hickox's trio of soloists is excellent, with Terfel outstandingly eloquent. Sancta civitas is a work whose multi-layered scoring places great demands on both conductor and production team alike: suffice it to report, it's difficult to see Hickox's inspirational account of this still-underrated score being surpassed for years to come. EMI's clean, wide-ranging sound is admirable.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“a stellar lineup of soloists including Bryn Terfel and Philip Langridge delivering top-notch perfomances under the baton of Richard Hickox.” David Smith, Presto Classical, July 2014

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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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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem, Symphony No. 4 & The Lark Ascending

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem, Symphony No. 4 & The Lark Ascending


Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

Jessica Rivera (soprano), Brett Polegato (baritone)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Symphony No. 4 in F minor

The Lark Ascending

David Coucheron (violin)


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Vaughan Williams - Sancta Civitas

Vaughan Williams - Sancta Civitas


Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

Christina Pier (soprano) & Matthew Brook (baritone)

Sancta Civitas

Matthew Brook (baritone) & Andrew Staples (tenor)

Winchester Cathedral Choristers & Winchester College Quiristers


Although Vaughan Williams described himself as ‘a cheerful agnostic’, he was not only steeped in the traditions of the Anglican Church, but sensitive to the mystical significance ‘of what lies beyond sense and knowledge’.

Written in 1936, his cantata Dona nobis pacem sets powerful Biblical texts alongside those by Walt Whitman and John Bright and is both a warning that mankind was sliding disastrously towards another war and a plea for a world without strife.

The oratorio Sancta Civitas, one of his most original choral works, strikingly deploys vocal and orchestral forces to depict the battle between good and evil from the Book of Revelation.

"Hill and his singers and players brought off the tone of the piece perfectly, conveying RVW's complex, polytonal vision in a capable performance… the singers were both thrilling in the louder moments and austerely beautiful in the quieter ones. The Bach Choir also supplied the polished chamber choir; Winchester Cathedral Choir and Winchester Quiristers supplied the atmospheric boys choir.” Music and Vision on a concert performance of the Sancta Civitas

“These performances under David Hill are fine, responsive to the beauty and the terror” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

“David Hill directs both these works with a strong sense of their overall shape…Anyone coming to these works for the first time through these recordings is unlikely to be disappointed.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ****

“[Vaughan Williams] would have appreciated these fine soloists, chief among them Matthew Brook, who turns anything he sings to gold. There are some beautiful moments in the Dona Nobis Pacem, with the choir and orchestra in serene form...VW devotees will find much to enjoy here.” The Observer, 2nd May 2010

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Finalist - Choral

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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 & Dona nobis pacem

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 & Dona nobis pacem


Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 5 in D major

Dona Nobis Pacem

This was the first broadcast performance given by the BBC in November 1936

Renee Flynn and Roy Henderson


This is the Premiere CD release of Vaughan Williams conducting a performance of his own fifth symphony. Recorded off the air during a Prom Concert given at The Royal Albert Hall on 3rd September 1952.

“…a reading which combines noble breadth, songful rapture and glowing sincerity… Further incentive to purchase comes with... the first broadcast performance… of the stirring cantata Dona nobis pacem..” Gramophone Magazine, April 2008

“…the fervour, radiant warmth and sense of the symphony as a great journey - a 'passionate pilgrimage' - make this a uniquely compelling experience. …Dona Nobis Pacem ('Grant us peace'), It's a performance of such searing, at times genuinely unsettling intensity that the work's weaker pages fairly sail by.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2008 *****

Presto Disc of the Week

29th September 2008

GGramophone Awards 2008

Best of Category - Historic Archive

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Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem

Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem


Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

Fantasia on the Old 104th

Magnificat

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

The Lark Ascending

Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra

Romance for strings, piano and harmonica

Partita for double string orchestra


Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), John Carol Case (Baritone), Christopher Hyde-Smith (Flute)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Chorus, Orchestra Nova, Philharmonia Orchestra, Adrian Boult, Malcolm Sargent

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Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard, Bartók: The Nine Enchanted Stags

Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard, Bartók: The Nine Enchanted Stags


Barber:

Prayers of Kierkegaard, Op. 30

Bartók:

Cantata Profana 'The Nine Enchanted Stags', BB 100, Sz. 94

Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem


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Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem & Five Mystical Songs

Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem & Five Mystical Songs


Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

Cantata for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra

Five Mystical Songs

for baritone, chorus and orchestra


Edith Wiens (soprano), Brian Rayner Cook (baritone)

London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryden Thomson

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Vaughan Williams - Choral Works

Vaughan Williams - Choral Works

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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

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14th July 2008

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