England, My England

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099922894403
  • Catalog Number: 28944
  • Sales rank: 901

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel & Academy of Ancient Music (5:20)
  2. 2 Lux Aeterna, for chorus (after Nimrod from Enigma Variations, various arr.) - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Edward Elgar (3:22)
  3. 3 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven - John Goss & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:51)
  4. 4 Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299 - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Thomas Tallis (7:38)
  5. 5 Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd" - John Goss & David Willcocks (2:13)
  6. 6 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus - George Frideric Handel & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (4:22)
  7. 7 Requiem for chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu - John Rutter & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (3:34)
  8. 8 Come Down, O Love Divine, hymn ("Down Ampney") - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Ralph Vaughan Williams (3:41)
  9. 9 O nata lux de lumine, motet (hymn) for 5 voices, P. 209 - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Thomas Tallis (1:58)
  10. 10 Te lucis ante terminum - Henry Balfour Gardiner & David Willcocks (5:27)
  11. 11 Ave verum corpus (also anthem: "O Lord, God of Israel"), motet for 4 voices (SATB) - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & William Byrd (4:32)
  12. 12 When I survey the wondrous Cross, hymn (Rockingham) - John Rutter & Edward Miller (3:31)
  13. 13 Beati Quorum Via, Op. 38/3 - Charles Villiers Stanford & David Willcocks (3:10)
  14. 14 Antiphon ("Let all the world"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs No. 5) - David Willcocks & Ralph Vaughan Williams (3:19)
  15. 15 Justorum animae (also anthem "Souls of the righteous"), motet for 5 voices (SSATB) - David Willcocks & William Byrd (2:53)
  16. 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 (1:49)
  17. 17 Faire Is the Heaven, for chorus - William H. Harris & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:09)
  18. 18 Psalm 67: God be merciful unto us, and bless us - Edward Bairstow & David Willcocks (2:07)
  19. 19 Ave Maria for 5 voices - Robert Parsons & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:01)
  20. 20 All People That on Earth Do Dwell - Louis Bourgeois & Ralph Vaughan Williams (5:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra) - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Hubert Parry (2:58)
  2. 2 Requiem for chorus & orchestra: Requiem aeternam - John Rutter & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:36)
  3. 3 I vow to thee, my country, for chorus & orchestra, H. 148 - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Gustav Holst (2:31)
  4. 4 Song for Athene, for chorus - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & John Tavener (6:35)
  5. 5 Abide with me (Tune: Eventide) - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & William Henry Monk (4:52)
  6. 6 Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) in G major, Op. 81: Magnificat in G - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Charles Villiers Stanford (4:13)
  7. 7 Thou know'st, Lord (2nd setting), anthem for chorus, slidetrumpets & organ, Z. 58c - Henry Purcell & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:26)
  8. 8 Hosanna to the son of David, anthem for 6 voices - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Orlando Gibbons (3:02)
  9. 9 The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended (Tune: St. Clement) - Clement Cotterill Scholefield & John Rutter (3:20)
  10. 10 Psalm 84 "Quam Dilecta!" for chorus - David Willcocks & Hubert Parry (3:38)
  11. 11 Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor: Kyrie - David Willcocks & Ralph Vaughan Williams (3:55)
  12. 12 Greater Love Hath No Man, motet for treble, baritone, chorus & organ - John Ireland & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:59)
  13. 13 If ye love me, anthem for 4 voices - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Thomas Tallis (2:27)
  14. 14 Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Tune: Repton), anthem - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Hubert Parry (3:55)
  15. 15 Jubilate Deo, for chorus & organ in C major - Benjamin Britten & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:25)
  16. 16 Drop, drop, slow tears, hymn (from "The Hymnes and Songs of the Church") - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Orlando Gibbons (1:19)
  17. 17 To be sung of a summer night on the water, songs (2) for chorus, RT iv/5: No. 1 - Frederick Delius & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (2:12)
  18. 18 O praise God in his holiness (Psalm 150), for chorus & organ - David Willcocks & David Goodenough (1:47)
  19. 19 When David heard (O my son Absalom), sacred madrigal in 2 sections for 6 voices - Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Thomas Weelkes (4:38)
  20. 20 I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra) - Royal Military School of Music Band & Hubert Parry (6:47)
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Album Credits

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    England, My England

    Highly listenable and thoroughly satisfying. Some truly glorious music that stirs the spirit. A lovely, thoughtful collection of beautiful performances. If you appreciate good choral music this is one you want in your collection.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    King's College Choir

    This new recording of 9 Lessons and Carols truly captures the spirit of the holiday season. I think what makes this new recording even more special is that it was recorded during the service that marked the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University. This is the perfect gift for a loved one and even for yourself.

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