Warlock: Corpus Christi

This page lists all recordings of Corpus Christi, by Peter Warlock (1894-1930) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Peter Pears – The Decca Premieres

Peter Pears – The Decca Premieres


Britten:

Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

Peter Pears (tenor) & Dennis Brain (horn)

Boyd Neel Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Down by the Salley Gardens

Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

Little Sir William

Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

Oliver Cromwell

Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

The Ash Grove

Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

The Bonny Earl o' Moray

Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

Heigh ho! Heigh hi!

Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

Sweet Polly Oliver

Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

There's none to soothe

Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

Five French Folksong arrangements

Sophie Wyss (soprano), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Vaughan Williams:

On Wenlock Edge

Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

Zorian String Quartet

Warlock:

Corpus Christi

Peter Pears (tenor) & Ann Wood (contralto)

BBC Chorus, Leslie Woodgate


On 24 June 1936, Peter Pears joined his BBC Singers colleague, contralto Anne Wood, at Decca’s studio in Upper Thames Street in the City of London to make his very first commercial recording, of Peter Warlock’s setting of the Corpus Christi carol for unaccompanied voices. The year marked a turning-point for Pears: he met Benjamin Britten that April at the International Society for Contemporary Music festival in Barcelona, joined a vocal group, the New English Singers, and set off on his first trip to North America, on tour with them in November. This Warlock premiere makes its first ever appearance on Decca CD.

Of course, Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings is inextricably linked with Pears as well as with Dennis Brain, and marks one of the most important of all Decca premieres, particularly given the label’s association with both Britten and Pears. But also of interest are the recorded premieres of Britten’s British and French folk song arrangements by Pears (British folk songs) and the Swiss soprano Sophie Wyss (French folk songs) in the 1940s. All of these make their first appearance on Decca CD, the Sophie Wyss recordings added as a sort of ‘bonus’ midway through the (Pears) CD.

Vaughan Williams’s cycle On Wenlock Edge focuses more on the middle register of Pears’s voice (unlike the upper reaches in Britten’s Serenade). As with the Britten cycle, the first appearances of these recordings received glowing praise in the music press.

“[it] is performed by them with a perfection that must have made the composer feel that his every intention has been realised. Dennis Brain’s tone is ravishingly beautiful, and – one out of many points of superb technical skill – the way he plays the high note near the end of the Prologue and Epilogue leaves one speechless with admiration” … “Dennis Brain – well, he was incomparable, that's all” Gramophone Magazine (Britten: Serenade)

“a most lovely piece of singing … ‘[his] clear diction and sense of word values ensures that justice is done to both poetry and music’” Gramophone Magazine (Vaughan Williams)

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Hodie

Hodie

An English Christmas Collection


Britten:

A Hymn to the Virgin

A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28

Fricker:

A babe is born

Gardner, John:

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Hayward:

Lute book lullaby

Howells:

Sing Lullaby

A Spotless Rose

Leighton:

Lully, lulla ('Coventry Carol'), Op. 25b

Rubbra:

The Virgin's Cradle Song

Tavener:

The Lamb

Walton:

Make we joy now in this fest

Warlock:

Corpus Christi

Balulalow

Benedicamus Domino


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Warlock: Choral Music

Warlock: Choral Music


Warlock:

The Full Heart

Corpus Christi

Bethlehem Down


Rachel Haworth (organ)

The Carice Singers, George Parris

Peter Warlock’s choral works sit firmly in the great English lineage. The music ranges from Hymns to the Virgin to carols, many spiced with his own ‘melody of chords’ and his typically tangy harmonies. Some of Warlock’s most beautiful and sensitive settings are to be heard, not least Corpus Christi and Bethlehem Down, whilst there is also a very rare setting in Cornish (track 21), recorded for the first time in that language.

“It's good to have so many of Warlock's choral settings on one disc, sensitively performed by this technically confident group of singers.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2014 ***

“there's a freshness to the choir's tone that lends itself to the folk-simplicity of Warlock's texts and settings...These young voices blend and tune beautifully together but lack the focus and rhetorical muscularity that so much of this music needs to brace its melodic sweetness.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

“Those redoubtable Naxos talent-scouts have done it again; here is a fine young choir appearing for the first time on a commercial disc...Their quality is easily perceived from the number of soloists they are able to provide for this recording, all of whom sing with great accomplishment - with special mention for Lottie Bowden in Balulalow, and tenor Thomas Drew in Corpus Christi.” MusicWeb International, 10th October 2014

“The youthful Carice Singers perform these part songs with vigorous attention to detail and, a few tiny slips of intonation aside, beautifully blended tone. Hugo Popplewell is the wistful soloist in Ireland’s Sea Fever. This is music of heat haze, hey-nonny wistfulness: ideal high-summer listening.” The Guardian, 31st July 2016 ***

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20th Century British Works

20th Century British Works


includes:

Bliss:

Things to Come - Suite

London Symphony Orchestra, Muir Mathieson

Lambert, C:

The Rio Grande

Hamilton Harty (piano), Alan Whitehead (male alto)

St. Michael's Singers, Halle Orchestra, Constant Lambert

Tyrwhitt-Wilson:

Fugue in C minor

Symphony Orchestra, John Ansell

Walton:

Façade Orchestral Suite No. 1

Edith Sitwell (narrator), Constant Lambert (narrator)

William Walton

Warlock:

The Curlew

Robert Murchie (flute), John Armstrong (tenor), Terence McDonagh (cor anglais)

International String Quartet, Constant Lambert

Corpus Christi

Peter Pears (tenor), Ann Wood (contralto)

BBC Chorus, Leslie Woodgate


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Peter Warlock: Collected 78rpm Recordings

Peter Warlock: Collected 78rpm Recordings

Recorded 1925-51, digitally remastered.


Campion:

There is a Garden in her face

(arr. Warlock)

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Dowland:

Flow not so fast, ye fountains

(arr. Warlock)

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Ferrabosco, A II:

O eyes, O mortal stars

(arr. Warlock)

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Come, my Celia

(arr. Warlock)

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Purcell:

Fantazia

(arr. Warlock)

Pasquier Trio

Fantazia

(arr. Warlock)

Griller String Quartet

Warlock:

Capriol Suite

London Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Bernard

Serenade for strings

NGS Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Capriol Suite

(arr. for violin & piano by Joseph Szigeti)

Josef Szigeti (violin), Nikita Magalov (piano)

Serenade for strings

Constant Lambert String Orchestra, Constant Lambert

Capriol Suite

Constant Lambert String Orchestra, Constant Lambert

The Curlew

René Soames (tenor), Flora Nielsen (mezzo-soprano)

Aeolian String Quartet

Captain Stratton's Fancy

Peter Dawson (bass-baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Oh good ale

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Corpus Christi

The English Singers

Sleep

John Armstrong (baritone)

International String Quartet

Chopcherry

John Armstrong (baritone)

International String Quartet

The Fox

Parry Jones (tenor)

Sleep

Parry Jones (tenor)

Take, O take those lips away

Parry Jones (tenor)

Sweet and kind

Parry Jones (tenor)

As ever I saw

Parry Jones (tenor)

The Passionate Shepherd

Parry Jones (tenor)

Corpus Christi

Ann Wood (mezzo-soprano), Peter Pears (tenor)

BBC Chorus, Leslie Woodgate

Nursery Jingles (6)

Cecil Cope (bass)

Milkmaids

Roy Henderson (baritone), Eric Griffen (piano)

Captain Stratton's Fancy

Roy Henderson (baritone), Eric Griffen (piano)

Sigh no more, ladies

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Pretty Ring Time

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Passing By

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

My Own Country

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Fair and True

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Piggesnie

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Sweet and twenty

Nancy Evans (mezzo-soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Consider

Nancy Evans (mezzo-soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Sleep

Nancy Evans (mezzo-soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Rest, sweet nymphs

Truro Girls School

The First Mercy

Billy Neeley (treble)

Corpus Christi

Flora Nielsen (mezzo-soprano), René Soames (tenor)

Festival Singers, Leslie Woodgate

The Frostbound Wood

Dennis Noble (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

The Fox

Dennis Noble (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Captain Stratton's Fancy

Oscar Natzke (bass)


Born in 1894, Peter Warlock was one of England’s great songwriters – described by Lennox Berkeley as one of the “most colourful talents in English 20th century music”. His output was prolific. In addition he was a distinguished editor and transcriber of a vast amount of early music as well as an author of several books and many articles, editor and music critic. He was very close to Delius – indeed was obsessed with Delius’s music and wrote a book about him, and also assisted Beecham in organising a Delius festival in 1929. He shared a cottage with fellow composer E. J. Moeran. He suffered bouts of depression and sadly he was found dead in his Chelsea flat in December 1930, of gas poisoning.

Gathered here are the original 78rpm recordings from the John Bishop Collection – divided into Orchestral and Chamber on CD1 and vocal items on CD2. John Bishop was one of the leading lights of the Peter Warlock Society, and all tracks have been remastered by Andrew Rose of Pristine Audio.

The booklet contains fascinating and informative notes, rare photographs and original 78rpm matrix numbers with recording dates.

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Divine Art Historic Sound - DDH27811

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All in the April Evening

All in the April Evening

Favourites from the repertoire of the Glasgow Orpheus Choirs


Bennet:

All creatures now are merry-minded

Byrd:

Ave verum corpus

Elgar:

My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land Op. 18 No. 3

As torrents in summer

Irvine, Jessie:

The Lord's My Shepherd (Crimond)

Morley:

Fyre! Fyre

Parry:

Never weather-beaten sail (No. 3 from Songs of Farewell)

Roberton:

All in the April evening

Stanford:

The Blue Bird, Op. 119 No. 3

Sullivan, A:

The long day closes

trad.:

The Banks o' Doon

An Eriskay Love Lilt

Dream Angus

The Wee Cooper o' Fife

Ca' the yowes

The Turtle Dove

O can ye sew cushions?

Wi' a hundred pipers

Drink to me only with thine eyes

All through the night

Vaughan Williams:

Full fathom five

The cloud-capp'd towers

Over hill, over dale

Warlock:

Corpus Christi


Laudibus, Michael Brewer

‘It’s a delightful disc … if there was a ‘Critics’ Fancy’ it would be there sure enough’ (Gramophone)

Early Music

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Moeran: Songs of Springtime, etc.

Moeran:

Songs of Springtime

Seven Elizabethan poems set for Mixed Chorus

Phyllida and Corydon

Choral Suite

Warlock:

A Cornish Carol

I Saw a Fair Maiden

Benedicamus Domino

The Full Heart

The Rich Cavalcade

Corpus Christi

All the Flowers of the Spring

As Dew in Aprylle

Bethlehem Down

A Cornish Carol


Anna Crookes (soprano), Rachel Wheatley (soprano)

Finzi Singers, Paul Spicer

“The Peter Warlock of the evergreen CapriolSuite and the boisterous songs seems a world away from the introverted and intense artist of these unaccompanied choral carols. Perhaps Warlock's real genius was an ability to create profound expression in short musical structures, but even the more outgoing pieces – the joyful Benedicamus Domino and the Cornish ChristmasCarol, with its gentle hint at 'The First Nowell' – have an artistic integrity which raises them high above the level of the syrup of modern-day carol settings. Given performances as openly sincere and sensitive as these, few could be unmoved. In the two Moeran madrigal suites there's an indefinable Englishness – the result of a deep awareness of tradition and love of the countryside. The Finzi Singers' warm-toned, richly expressive voices capture the very essence of this uniquely lovely music.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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The Christmas Collection

The Christmas Collection

Christmas carols from medieval times to the present day, both familiar and unfamiliar


anon.:

Salutation Carol

Hail Mary, full of grace

There is no rose

Ave rex

Nowell, sing we

Make we joy

Nowell, Out of your sleep

Nowell, the boares head

Nowell, Dieu vous garde

Sweet was the song the Virgin sang

Drive the cold winter away

The old year now has passed away ('Greensleeves')

Angelus ad virginem

Gaudete

Britten:

A Hymn to the Virgin

A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28

Byrd:

Lullaby, my sweet little baby

Fricker:

A babe is born

Gardner, John:

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Gauntlett:

Once in Royal David's city

Goss, J:

See amid the winter's snow

Gregorian Chant:

Verbum caro factum est

Gruber, F:

Silent Night

Hayward:

Lute book lullaby

Holst:

In the Bleak Mid-winter (Cranham)

Howells:

Sing Lullaby

A Spotless Rose

Kirkpatrick:

Away in a Manger

Leighton:

Lully, lulla ('Coventry Carol'), Op. 25b

Mendelssohn:

Hark! the herald angels sing

Pygott:

Quid petis, O fili?

Ravenscroft, T:

Remember O thou Man

Rubbra:

The Virgin's Cradle Song

Sheppard, J:

Gloria in excelsis

Verbum caro factum est

Tavener:

The Lamb

trad.:

The First Nowell

Sussex Carol

While Shepherds Watched

I saw three ships

Angels from the Realms Of Glory

O little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green)

Rocking

In Dulci Jubilo

Ding dong! merrily on high

Good King Wenceslas

Deck the Hall

The Holly and the Ivy

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Coventry Carol

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful

Walton:

Make we joy now in this fest

Warlock:

Corpus Christi

Balulalow

Benedicamus Domino


A set containing The Sixteen's three Christmas CDs:

Christus Natus Est - An Early English Christmas

Hodie - An English Christmas Collection

A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection - Well-known and well-loved arrangements

“Performed with every virtue and every grace including fresh, firm tone, uncanny precision and the finest possible control of grades and shades of volume.” Gramophone Magazine

Early Music

Coro - COR16054

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