England, My England

England, My England

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by Choir of King's College, Cambridge
     
 

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Close your eyes and think of England; it's easy to do with this generous two-disc compilation of recordings showcasing the classic English choral sound of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. The selections range from the Renaissance to the present day, with a predominance of sacred music and pieces associated with English ceremony; the disc opens and closes with… See more details below

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Close your eyes and think of England; it's easy to do with this generous two-disc compilation of recordings showcasing the classic English choral sound of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. The selections range from the Renaissance to the present day, with a predominance of sacred music and pieces associated with English ceremony; the disc opens and closes with coronation pieces for George II (Handel's "Zadok the Priest") and Edward VII (Parry's "I was glad"), respectively. Noteworthy is the inclusion of pieces by John Tavener ("Song for Athene") and John Rutter (the Pie Jesu from the "Requiem"). Both these works have been associated with tragedies: the funeral of Princess Diana in the former case and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and July 7, 2005, in the latter, and it looks as though they've earned their places in the great British tradition. The best news is that this collection, unlike so many others consisting of recycled recordings, hangs together nicely. The Parry features not the Choir of King's College, but another group, the Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus. The recording dates range from the late '60s until the late 2000s decade. And there's a great variety of themes, soloists, and performing forces. Despite all this, and perhaps because the engineering of such music has traditions of its own, you never feel like you're listening to a collection of tracks thrown together; the music is intelligently sequenced and carefully remastered. Recommended for anyone who wants to luxuriate in a bit of British grandeur.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2009
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646388639
catalogNumber:
28944
Rank:
27601

Tracks

  1. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258  - George Frideric Handel  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Stephen Cleobury
  2. Lux Aeterna, for chorus (after Nimrod from Enigma Variations, various arr.)  - Edward Elgar  - Stephen Cleobury  - John Cameron
  3. Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven  - John Goss  - Stephen Cleobury
  4. Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299  - Thomas Tallis  - Stephen Cleobury
  5. Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd"  - John Goss  - David Willcocks  - David Willcocks  - Stephen Cleobury
  6. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus  - George Frideric Handel  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Stephen Cleobury
  7. Requiem for chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu  - John Rutter  - Stephen Cleobury  - Edward Saklatvala  -  Sinfonia of London Orchestra
  8. Come Down, O Love Divine, hymn ("Down Ampney")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Stephen Cleobury  - Edward Saklatvala  -  Sinfonia of London Orchestra  - Thomas Williamson
  9. O nata lux de lumine, motet (hymn) for 5 voices, P. 209  - Thomas Tallis  - Stephen Cleobury
  10. Te lucis ante terminum  - Henry Balfour Gardiner  - David Willcocks
  11. Ave verum corpus (also anthem: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB)  - William Byrd  - Stephen Cleobury
  12. When I survey the wondrous Cross, hymn (Rockingham)  - Edward Miller  - John Rutter  - Stephen Cleobury  - Samuel Webbe
  13. Beati Quorum Via, Op. 38/3  - Charles Villiers Stanford  - David Willcocks
  14. Antiphon ("Let all the world"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs No. 5)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - David Willcocks  -  English Chamber Orchestra
  15. Justorum animae (also anthem "Souls of the righteous"), motet for 5 voices (SSATB)  - William Byrd  - David Willcocks
  16. Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323: Symphony, solo & chorus  - Henry Purcell  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Stephen Cleobury  - David Hanson
  17. Faire Is the Heaven, for chorus  - William H. Harris  - Stephen Cleobury
  18. Psalm 67: God be merciful unto us, and bless us  - Edward Bairstow  - David Willcocks  - David Willcocks
  19. Ave Maria for 5 voices  - Robert Parsons  - Stephen Cleobury
  20. All People That on Earth Do Dwell  - Louis Bourgeois  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Stephen Cleobury  - Roy Doublas
  21. Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)  - Hubert Parry  - Stephen Cleobury
  22. Requiem for chorus & orchestra: Requiem aeternam  - John Rutter  - Stephen Cleobury  -  Sinfonia of London Orchestra
  23. I vow to thee, my country, for chorus & orchestra, H. 148  - Gustav Holst  - Stephen Cleobury
  24. Song for Athene, for chorus  - John Tavener  - Stephen Cleobury
  25. Abide with me (Tune: Eventide)  - William Henry Monk  - Stephen Cleobury  - Stephen Cleobury
  26. Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) in G major, Op. 81: Magnificat in G  - Charles Villiers Stanford  - Stephen Cleobury  - Alastair Hussain
  27. Thou know'st, Lord (2nd setting), anthem for chorus, slidetrumpets & organ, Z. 58c  - Henry Purcell  - Stephen Cleobury
  28. Hosanna to the son of David, anthem for 6 voices  - Orlando Gibbons  - Stephen Cleobury
  29. The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended (Tune: St. Clement)  - Clement Cotterill Scholefield  - John Rutter  - Stephen Cleobury
  30. Psalm 84 "Quam Dilecta!" for chorus  - Hubert Parry  - David Willcocks  - David Willcocks
  31. Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor: Kyrie  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - David Willcocks  - David Willcocks  - Robin Doveton  - Nigel Perrin  - David van Asch  - John Eaton
  32. Greater Love Hath No Man, motet for treble, baritone, chorus & organ  - John Ireland  - Stephen Cleobury  - Michael Pearce  - Paul Robinson
  33. If ye love me, anthem for 4 voices  - Thomas Tallis  - Philip Ledger
  34. Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Tune: Repton), anthem  - Hubert Parry  - Stephen Cleobury  - Thomas Bullard
  35. Jubilate Deo, for chorus & organ in C major  - Benjamin Britten  - Philip Ledger
  36. Drop, drop, slow tears, hymn (from "The Hymnes and Songs of the Church")  - Orlando Gibbons  - Stephen Cleobury
  37. To be sung of a summer night on the water, songs (2) for chorus, RT iv/5: No. 1  - Frederick Delius  - Philip Ledger
  38. O praise God in his holiness (Psalm 150), for chorus & organ  - David Goodenough  - David Willcocks  - David Willcocks
  39. When David heard (O my son Absalom), sacred madrigal in 2 sections for 6 voices  - Thomas Weelkes  - Stephen Cleobury
  40. I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)  - Hubert Parry  -  Royal Military School of Music Band  -  Cambridge University Musical Society  - Philip Ledger  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra

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