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NI 5083

Vaughan Williams, Mass in G minor, Sacred and Secular Songs

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2007


Artists:

Stephen Darlington


Christ Church Cathedral Choir



Record Label
Nimbus

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 52:24
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Mass in G minor

 
1 I Kyrie 4:06
2 II Gloria in excelsis 4:27
3 III Credo 7:02
4 IV Sanctus Osanna I, Benedictus, Osanna II 5:26
5 V Agnus Dei 4:44
     
6 

Valiant-for-Truth

5:45
     
7 

The Blessed Son of God

2:36
     
8 

No Sad Thought His Soul Affright

2:26
     
9 

Lord, Thou has been our Refuge

8:01
     
10 

O Taste and See

1:40
     
 

Three Shakespeare Songs

 
11 Full Fathom Five 2:38
12 The Cloud-Capp'd Towers 2:02
13 Over Hill, Over Dale 1:31
     
  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
 Stephen Darlington


The Mass in G minor, dedicated to Gustav Holst and his Whitsuntide Singers but first performed by the City of Birmingham Choir in 1922, is unique in its timelessness. Designed for liturgical use, the music made subservient to religious ceremony, it has a spirituality reminiscent of Byrd and his contemporaries. It shares none of the elaborate structures of the Massess of Bach or Beethoven, let alone Berlioz, yet it is not austere in feeling. It might be described as the vocal equivalent of the composer’s Tallis Fantasia, its double choir and four soloists paralleling that work’s double string orchestra and string quartet. With its rich polyphonic textures and lack of any dramatic element it is a work better suited to the acoustic of a church rather than that of a concert hall.

"...Recorded in 1986 in the superb acoustic of Oxford’s Merton College Chapel, Stephen Darlington directs assured and well prepared performances. The purity of the boys’ voices stands out and the precision of the choral ensemble is outstanding...This winning disc has been in the catalogue for quite some time. It presents mainly sacred music by Vaughan Williams from the Christ Church Cathedral Choir and is quite beautifully sung and recorded."
 
Michael Cookson - musicweb-international.com - 25 July 2012




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