Lambert, C: The Rio Grande

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Lambert: Summer’s Last Will and Testament

Lambert: Summer’s Last Will and Testament

Lambert, C:

The Rio Grande

Aubade Héroique

Summer's Last Will and Testament

Primarily a renowned music critic and conductor and composer of ballets, Constant Lambert wrote very few choral works. Summer’s Last Will and Testament is an extensive cantata of stylistic diversity and emotional power. Completed in 1935, this setting of writings by the poet Thomas Nashe has strong claims to being one of its composer’s finest works. Despite attracting little attention at its premiere, Malcolm Arnold called it “one of the undiscovered treasures of the English choral repertoire”.

This benchmark recording by the English Northern Philharmonia and David Lloyd-Jones is a first-class demonstration of orchestral and choral brilliance.

“One is very reluctant at the conclusion to disturb the silence by standing up and switching off the CD player” CD Review

“A masterpiece buried for far too long” The Guardian

“Nothing short of a triumph. With the bittersweet Aubade héroïque as makeweight, no disc makes a better case for Lambert’s importance” BBC Music Magazine

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20th Century British Works

20th Century British Works



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


Fugue in C minor

Symphony Orchestra, John Ansell


Façade Orchestral Suite No. 1

Edith Sitwell (narrator), Constant Lambert (narrator)

William Walton


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

Symposium - SYMPCD1203

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