Vaughan Williams – Choral Works/Matthew Best

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Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music
Five Mystical Songs
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Flos Campi
Dona nobis pacem
Four Hymns
Toward the Unknown Region
O clap your hands
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge
A Bunyan Sequence – for three speakers, treble solo, chorus and orchestra [Text and music adapted by Christopher Palmer from the 1942 radio version of The Pilgrim’s Progress]
A Song of Thanksgiving
Three Choral Hymns
Magnificat
The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
The Hundredth Psalm

Elizabeth Connell, Anne Dawson, Linda Kitchen & Amanda Roocroft (sopranos); Diana Montague, Jean Rigby & Sarah Walker (mezzo-sopranos); Catherine Wyn-Rogers (contralto); John Mark Ainsley, Arthur Davies, Maldwyn Davies & Martin Hill (tenors); Thomas Allen & Alan Opie (baritones); John Connell & Gwynne Howell (basses) [Serenade to Music]

Thomas Allen (baritone) [Five Mystical Songs; Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Lord, thou hast been our refuge]

Nobuko Imai (viola) [Flos Campi]

Judith Howarth (soprano) & Thomas Allen (baritone) [Dona nobis pacem]

John Mark Ainsley (tenor) & Matthew Souter (viola) [Four Hymns]

Christian / Faithful – Sir John Gielgud (speaker)
Evangelist – Richard Pasco (speaker)
Shining Ones / Discretion / Prudence / Piety / Charity – Ursula Howells (speaker)
Shepherd’s Boy – Aidan Oliver (treble) [A Bunyan Sequence … The Pilgrim’s Progress]

Sir John Gielgud (speaker), Lynne Dawson (soprano), John Scott (organ) & The London Oratory Junior Choir [A Song of Thanksgiving]

John Brown (tenor) [Three Choral Hymns]

Catherine Wyn-Rogers (contralto) [Magnificat]

Pilgrim – Bryn Terfel
First Shepherd – Alan Opie
Second Shepherd – Adrian Thompson
Third Shepherd – Jonathan Best
Celestial Messenger – John Mark AinsleyVoice of a Bird – Linda Kitchen [The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains]

Corydon Singers

City of London Sinfonia
Corydon Orchestra
English Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Best

Recorded in 1990, 1991 & 1993
Venues not advised


Reviewed by: Ben Hogwood

Reviewed: June 2008
CD No: HYPERION
CDS44321/4 (4 CDs)
Duration: 4 hours 42 minutes

In the year marking the 50th-anniversary of the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), Hyperion has collected together four previous releases of selected choral music performed by the Corydon Singers conducted by Matthew Best…

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