Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor; Motets

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Ralph Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor is one of the glories of the 20th-century choral repertoire, and it belongs in the concert hall just as much as in church. The Toronto-based Elora Festival Singers give a warm, passionate performance here, swaying ecstatically in the Sanctus and bringing an appropriate atmosphere of mystery to the Agnus Dei. The motets, anthems, and hymns that fill out the program are generally more forthright and extroverted, and if the choir occasionally sacrifices beauty of tone for a sense of unbounded joy, it is a small price to pay to partake of such infectiously spirited performances. The recorded sound is spacious and rich. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Ralph Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor is one of the glories of the 20th-century choral repertoire, and it belongs in the concert hall just as much as in church. The Toronto-based Elora Festival Singers give a warm, passionate performance here, swaying ecstatically in the Sanctus and bringing an appropriate atmosphere of mystery to the Agnus Dei. The motets, anthems, and hymns that fill out the program are generally more forthright and extroverted, and if the choir occasionally sacrifices beauty of tone for a sense of unbounded joy, it is a small price to pay to partake of such infectiously spirited performances. The recorded sound is spacious and rich. The booklet includes texts and translations for the Latin works. A welcome addition to the growing discography of Vaughan Williams's choral works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943482629
  • Catalog Number: 8554826
  • Sales rank: 354,244

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, motet for soloists, semi-chorus, & orchestra (or organ) (Psalm 90) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Noel Edison (8:30)
  2. 2 Prayer To the Father of Heaven, motet for chorus - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Noel Edison (4:46)
  3. 3 O Vos Omnes ("Is it Nothing to You?"), motet for alto & chorus - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Noel Edison (6:08)
  4. 4 Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Noel Edison (24:43)
  5. 5 O Clap Your Hands, motet for chorus, brass, & organ (Psalm 47) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Noel Edison (3:31)
  6. 6 O Taste and See, motet for chorus & organ (Psalm 34) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Noel Edison (1:46)
  7. 7 O How Amiable, anthem for chorus & organ (Psalms 84 & 90) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Noel Edison (3:59)
  8. 8 Come Down, O Love Divine, hymn ("Down Ampney") - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Noel Edison (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elora Festival Singers Primary Artist
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