Holst: Turn back, O man

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Vaughan Williams & Holst: Heirs and Rebels

Vaughan Williams & Holst: Heirs and Rebels

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Lovely Kind, and Kindly Loving

This have I done for my true love, H128, Op. 34 No. 1

Turn back, O man

Suite No. 1 for Military Band in E flat major, Op. 28 No. 1, H105

A Moorside Suite

Marching Song, Op. 22 No. 2

Wassail Song

Vaughan Williams:

The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel)

The roadside fire

Bright is the Ring of Words (No. 8 from Songs of Travel)

Silent Noon

Linden Lea

English Folk Song Suite

Sea Songs

For all the saints (Sine nomine)

Wassail Song

Robert Irwin (baritone), Stuart Robertson (tenor), Edgar Coyle (baritone), Peter Dawson (baritone) & Gerald Moore (piano)

Black Dyke Mills Band, BBC Chorus & Band of HM Grenadier Guards, Rae Jenkins, Leslie Woodgate & Julius Harrison

The recordings included on this album are mainly taken from the collection of David Michell.

David was born in 1929 in Beckenham, South London, and began his passion for collecting 78s in his very early years. He was educated at Gresham School and went into a career in the railways. Retirement provided the opportunity to search for rare gramophone records with even more determination. By 2015, he had collected many thousands of discs. His records have been much sought after for reissue and Albion Records is deeply grateful to him for his support and encouragement.

David plays his beloved 78s on an enormous EMG horn gramophone which reproduces even the earliest of his discs with remarkable clarity and warmth.

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A Winchester Remembrance

A Winchester Remembrance


For the Fallen


War Requiem: Agnus Dei


Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Guest, D:

For the fallen

Harris, W:

Faire is the Heaven

Bring us, O Lord God


Turn back, O man


Take him, earth, for cherishing


Greater Love Hath No Man


Nunc dimittis

Moore, P:

At the round earth's imagined corners

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Vaughan Williams:

Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Acknowledged as one of the foremost cathedral choirs in the UK, Winchester Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Andrew Lumsden, present a beautiful selection of music for Remembrance, and to commemorate the start of the First World War.

In addition to works regularly associated with Remembrance Sunday, and the Festival of Remembrance, held annually at the Royal Albert Hall, the recording also includes both of William Harris’ great 8-part anthems, Faire is the heaven, and Bring us, O Lord, Herbert Howells’ magnificent motet on the death of President Kennedy,

Take him, earth for cherishing, Paweł Łukaszewski’s exquisite Nunc dimittis, and the first recording of Philip Moore’s major concert work, At the round earth’s imagined corners, with 9-part brass and percussion, originally written for the Southern Cathedrals Festival.

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The Treasury of English Church Music

The Treasury of English Church Music



Sancte Dei pretiose

Perspice Christicola

Salve sancta parens

Sanctus and Benedictus

Alleluya psallat

Ave miles caelestis curiae

Conditor alme siderum - Hymn for Advent Vespers


Let all mortal flesh keep silence


O Lord, look down from heaven


Salvator Mundi

God is our hope and strength


The Heavens Declare


A Hymn to the Virgin


Ave verum Corpus

Sing joyfully

Victimae paschali

Child, W:

O God, wherefore art thou absent from us?

Cornysh the elder:

Ave Maria Mater Dei


Lo! Star-Led Chiefs


Beata Dei genetrix Maria

Davies, Peter Maxwell:

Ave Maria - Hail blessed flower

Davies, Walford:

Blessed are the pure in heart

Jubilate in G major


Factum est silentium


Veni Sancte Spiritus


O hearken Thou, Op. 64

Give unto the Lord (Psalm XXIX), Op. 74


Sanctus & Benedictus

Farrant, R:

Hide not thou thy face

Frye, W:

Salve virgo mater pya

Gibbons, O:

Nunc dimittis (Short Service)

O clap your hands

This is the Record of John

Goss, J:

If we believe that Jesus died

Greene, M:

O Clap Your Hands Together


Turn back, O man


Magnificat (Collegium Regale, 1945)

A Spotless Rose

Sing Lullaby

Here is the Little Door


O Lord my God


Greater Love Hath No Man


There Is No Rose


Give me the wings of faith


Nunc dimittis


Nolo mortem peccatoris

Out of the Deep

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Out of the Deep

(version for tenor soloist)

Mundy, W:

Ah, helpless wretch


The souls of the righteous

Noble, T:

Nunc Dimittis in B minor


O Saviour of the world

Parsons, R:

Nunc dimittis from the First Great Service

Philips, P:

Ascendit Deus


Thou know'st, Lord, Z 58c

I will give thanks unto the Lord, Z21

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

O Lord God of hosts, Z37

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15




Evening Service in E minor

Shaw, M:

Anglican Folk Mass: Creed


Te deum in B flat

Beati quorum via, Op. 38 No. 3

Sterndale Bennett:

God is a Spirit


Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?


Evening Service in C major


Nunc Dimitis

My beloved spake

Travers, J:

Ascribe unto the Lord

Vaughan Williams:

O Taste and See

Te Deum in G


Evening Service in D minor


Set me as a seal upon thine heart


I saw a fair maiden


Gloria in excelsis Deo

All people clap your hands

O how amiable are thy dwellings

Lord, to Thee I make my moan, anthem for 5 voices

Alleluia, I heard a voice

Wesley, S S:

Cast me not away

Wash me throughly from my wickedness

White, Robert:

Christe qui lux es et dies

Wood, C:

Short Communion Service in the Phrygian Mode: Sanctus & Benedictus

Ambrosian Singers, Westminster Abbey Choir, Chichester Cathedral Choir, Guildford Cathedral Choir, St Pauls Cathedral Choir, Temple Church Choir, Denis Stevens, Douglas Guest, John Birch, Barry Rose, John Dykes Bower, George Thalben-Ball

Here for the first time on CD are the celebrated five LPs of the HMV Treasury of English Church Music. Prefaced by the introductory speech Herbert Howells gave at the launch, and boasting more than 30 bonus tracks, this set offers a uniquely authoritative and comprehensive conspectus of the broad repertory of cathedral, collegiate and parish church choirs in the 1960s.

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Holst: Collectors' Edition

Holst: Collectors' Edition


The Planets, Op. 32

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Sir Adrian Boult

The Perfect Fool, Op. 39/H 150: Ballet Music

London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Egdon Heath, a homage to Thomas Hardy, Op.47

London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

A Somerset Rhapsody, Op.21 No. 2

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Norman del Mar

Brook Green Suite

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Norman del Mar

A Fugal Concerto, H152 Op. 40 No. 2

Jonathan Snowden (flute) & David Theodore (oboe)

English Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin

Beni Mora, Op. 29 No. 1

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

St Paul's Suite, Op. 29 No. 2

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op. 26: 2nd Group, H98

London Symphony Chorus, women’s voices

Ode to Death, H144

London Symphony Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves

Psalm 86

Ian Partridge (tenor) & Ralph Downes (organ)

A Choral Fantasia, H177

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano) & Ralph Downes (organ)

The Purcell Singers & English Chamber Orchestra, Imogen Holst

Suite No. 1 for Military Band in E flat major, Op. 28 No. 1, H105

Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Imogen Holst

Suite No. 2 for Military Band in F major, Op. 28 No. 2, H106

Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Imogen Holst

A Moorside Suite

BMC (Oxford) Band, Imogen Holst

Hammersmith - Prelude and Scherzo, H178, Op. 52

Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Wing Commander J.L. Wallace

Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op. 26: 4th Group, H100: Hymn to Manas

Baccholian Singers of London

The Homecoming, H120 (Hardy)

Baccholian Singers of London

A Dirge for Two Veterans, H121

Baccholian Singers of London & Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Ian Humphris

Choral Folksongs (6), Op. 36b, H136

Baccholian Singers of London

Six Choruses for male voices, H186

Baccholian Singers of London & English Chamber Orchestra, Ian Humphris

Eight Canons, H187: The Fields of Sorrow

Baccholian Singers of London

Eight Canons, H187: David’s Lament for Jonathan

Baccholian Singers of London

Eight Canons, H187: Truth of all Truth

Baccholian Singers of London

Bring us in good ale

The King’s Singers

Vedic Hymns, Op. 24: Varuna

Frederick Harvey (baritone) & Gerald Moore (piano)

Turn back, O man

Richard Seal (organ)

Choir of Chichester Cathedral, John Birch

Lullay my liking, H129, Op. 34 No. 2

Arranged for boys’ voices by Imogen Holst

London Boy Singers, Jonathan Steele

Personent Hodie

Bach Choir & Jacques Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks

In the Bleak Mid-winter (Cranham)

Edwin Bates (organ)

Rodney Christian Fellowship Festival Choir, Rodney Smith Bishton

The Hymn of Jesus, H140

Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, London Symphony Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves

Short Festival Te Deum, H145

London Symphony Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves

First Choral Symphony, Op. 41, H155

Felicity Palmer (soprano)

London Philharmonic Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

The Wandering Scholar, Op. 50

Michael Rippon (Louis), Norma Burrowes (Alison), Michael Langdon (Father Philippe) & Robert Tear (Pierre)

English Opera Group & English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford

At the Boar’s Head – A musical interlude in one act, Op. 42

Philip Langridge (Prince Hal), John Tomlinson (Falstaff), Elise Ross (Hostess), Felicity Palmer (Doll Tearsheet), David Wilson-Johnson (Pistol), Peter Hall (Peto), Richard Suart (Bardolph) & Michael George (Poins)

Men’s voices of the Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, David Atherton

Renowned above all for the colour and splendour of The Planets, Holst created a uniquely idiosyncratic and outward-looking body of work, informed by his personal enthusiasms; for education, native folksong, the European avant-garde and Indian mysticism. This collection surveys all the musical genres in which he made his mark, from brass band to opera, in performances by some of his most noted champions.

Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham on 21st September 1874. He learnt the piano from early age but, suffering from asthma and short sight, he found it hard. At the age of seven his mother died. He began to compose at Cheltenham Grammar School with Berlioz’s treatise on instrumentation as his guide and at seventeen he was conducting local village choirs. The neuritis in his right arm had convinced his father that he would never become a solo pianist so he was allowed a few months in Oxford to learn counterpoint before moving to London to study composition with Stanford.

He entered the Royal College of Music in 1893 but did not win a scholarship until two years later – Stanford found him hardworking rather than brilliant. His compositions tended to be saturated with imitations of Wagner. In 1895 he met Vaughan Williams and for the rest of his life they would play sketches of their latest compositions to each other.

He was invited to conduct the Hammersmith Socialist Choir in William Morris’s house where he met his future wife. He became fascinated by Hindu literature and philosophy to such an extent that he decided to learn Sanskrit – his Rig Veda settings are testament to this interest. He had also studied the trombone at college and it was this which brought him employment, with the Carl Rosa Opera and the Scottish Orchestra, if detracting him from his wish to compose.

Luckily he was appointed a teacher first in Dulwich and then at St. Paul’s in Hammersmith where he would be director of music, a position he held for the rest of his life. With security of income he was able to devote himself more to composition and a string of works by which he is best known, chief of which is The Planets, appeared. Their success made publishers want to revisit his earlier works and he found the extra work of correcting proofs time-consuming. His later works were more intense and the public found them harder to understand and it is only now, with a greater chance to listen to them, that we can fathom their genius.

His final years were blighted by illnesses which started after falling from the rostrum and hitting his head, he suffered from headaches and sleeplessness. In 1927 Cheltenham gave him his own festival and in 1930 he accepted the gold medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society. In 1932 he went to Harvard University to lecture but a severe attack of haemorrhagic gastritis caused him to return home and spent the next eighteen months in and out of clinics and, although In frequent pain, he kept on composing. In May 1934 he had an operation in London died on the 25th.

“[Boult's 'Planets'] remains one the finest around” The Guardian, 28th June 2012

“This adroitly assembled set should sell like a bonfire and fully deserves to.” MusicWeb International, June 2012

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