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|Vaughan Williams, Marlow, Choir of Trinity Coll|
Genres: Classical, Christian
English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams not only was the esteemed author of symphonies, choral masterpieces, chamber works, and songs, but he also was the major force behind the compilation of the 1906 English Hymnal, a ta... more »
English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams not only was the esteemed author of symphonies, choral masterpieces, chamber works, and songs, but he also was the major force behind the compilation of the 1906 English Hymnal, a task that put the composer in touch with "some of the best--and some of the worst" music in the world. His esthetic and artistic values, and his well-grounded sense of what makes a good, singable tune, led him to select the best and reject the worst--and through the process he contributed several of his own tunes and harmonizations to the collection. This outstanding recording includes five of Vaughan Williams's own tunes, 16 more that he selected and arranged for the hymnal, and his beloved Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes. This is a wonderful, "must-have" collection, beautifully, articulately, and reverently sung, with first-rate organ solos and accompaniments and excellent liner notes. --David Vernier
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Vintage Vaughan Williams!
J. Anderson | Monterey, CA USA | 03/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As Mr. Vernier says, the venerable 1906 Hymnal was successful in large part due to Vaughan Williams, and Richard Marlow and Trinity College Choir (in superb form!) here demonstrate how valuable a contribution the composer made to the authentic maintenance of the English hymn tradition. Vaughan Williams' 'Come Down, O Love Divine', and his verily native arrangement of 'For All The Saints' alone validate this recording, and there's so much more to admire. Vaughan Williams' relationship with this tradition of hymnody weaves throughout his long composing career; and indeed his scholarship with respect to English folk melody pervades his work on these hymns as much as does his mastery of contrapuntal four-part writing. The veneration he pays Thomas Tallis in 'I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say' is a perfect example of the genius that informs Vaughan Williams' understanding of the spirit of English hymnody. Trinity College Choir is in unusually excellent form on this recording, and Marlow's understanding of the musical nuances of these hymns is at times almost startling. The entire CD is a treat, from beginning to end. One need only be a believer in the subtle art of Ralph Vaughan Williams to appreciate this remarkable offering of the most English of passions. Forthright recommendation!"
Excellent, Wonderful, Inspiring
Classical Eye | Los Angeles, CA | 10/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of a few of my desert island picks. The compositions are of incredible beauty, and they are sung excellently by the noble Trinity College Choir, and they are recorded outstandingly. I give this disc my very highest recommendation for lovers of traditional English church hymns."
Superb Performance of Superb Music
news4fan | 12/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All of this music is by just one composer and it is just hymns, yet it shows both remarkable diversity and consistency. Every minute is worth listening to. Much of the credit for this is indeed due to Vaughan Williams, but some is also due to Richard Marlow, the director of Trinity College, Cambridge who compiled Vaughan Williams' best hymns, thought about how each verse would be performed and guided the choir into a careful, enthusiastic and effective performance.
Truly, very enjoyable recording---if you're going to by one CD by an English choir, excluding Christmas music, this one should be it. Track #20 "ar hyd y nos" is the definate highlight. Tracks #8, #16, and #24 are other tracks to look forward to."