Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor; Motets

Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor; Motets

by Elora Festival Singers


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Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor; Motets

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2002
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943482629
catalogNumber: 8554826


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

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