Vaughan Williams: O how amiable
This page lists all recordings of O how amiable, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC).
Words from Psalms 84 and 90. Anthem for the dedication of a church or other Festivals. For mixed chorus (SATB) and organ. Originally composed for the Abinger Pageant, 1934.
Dedication: to F.F. [Dame Frances Farrer].
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Vaughan Williams: Sacred Choral Music
Thomas Fitches (organ)
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison
“This fine Canadian choir perform very beautifully in a style which seems natural and right.
The Elora Festival Singers have much in common with King's College, Cambridge under Willcocks; relaxed and habituated, they offer the welcome loveliness of a choral tone where the blend and match of voices produce a sound that's eminently 'at unity with itself'. There's no shortage of good recordings of the Mass in G minor, the one that stands out as being openeyed and adventurous in spirit being the version on Meridian by the Choir of New College, Oxford. They favour a sharper tone, a quicker tempo in the Credo and a brighter acoustic. The choice between women's and boys' voices may prove the deciding factor when it comes to which version; the Elora Singers' female voices seem to give this music precisely what's required.
Yet more decisive may be the coupling. The two recordings by the college choirs couple music by other composers. The Canadians stay with Vaughan Williams, in a mood which assorts well with the Mass. Particularly apt is O vos omnes, also written for Sir Richard Terry and the Choir of Westminster Cathedral. The Skelton setting, Prayer to the Father of Heaven, from 1948 – a comparative rarity and sensitively performed – has a chill which is partly medieval, partly perhaps from the Antarctica of VW's Seventh Symphony. Down Ampney ('Come down, O Love divine') brings the warmth and cheer of a settled major tonality at the close.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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Choral music of Ralph Vaughan-Williams
Choir of Trinity College (Melbourne), Michael Leighton Jones
This excellent release features the luminous beauty of Vaughan-Williams’ best-loved anthems, as well as his wonderful Mass in G minor. Also included is the world premiere recording of Five Mystical Songs in the version for piano quintet and chorus.
“The general title "Mystical Songs" directs attention to the settings of five poems by George Herbert, performed here in the rarely heard version accompanied by piano and string quartet. …the Mass in G minor, is beautifully performed and recorded with unusual clarity. The organ and piano accompaniments are sensitively played, the brass ensemble adds a magnificent range of colours and the TinAlley String Quartet belies its name.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009
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