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Vaughan Williams: Choral Music (Including Vision Of Aeroplanes/ Mass In G Minor) [CD]

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Timothy Brown Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Timothy Brown
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0030UO9S6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Voice out of the Whirlwind
2. Valiant-for-truth
3. Mass in G minor
4. Three Choral Hymns
5. Nothing is here for tears
6. A Vision of Aeroplanes - James McVinnie/The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
7. The souls of the righteous - Ashok Gupta/The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
8. A Choral Flourish (Exultate justi) - Ashok Gupta/The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

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''This performance, lovingly moulded and well balanced in the play of solo voices and full choir, is in the best tradition.'' --Gramophone

''Compliments to the Naxos sound team for achieving clarity within a faithful representation of the St John's college acoustic…what impresses about this performance is the exceptional sense of shape, both in overview and in tiny details…This comes with a strong recommendation.'' --BBC Music Magazine

''There's no doubt [Vaughan Williams] would have doffed his boater to the latest recording…from Clare College….the sweeping energy and rich detail of Tim, Brown's interpretation draw out the best from his young singers, in matters musical and mystical.'' --Classic FM Magazine

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The Voice out of the Whirlwind - Valiant-for-truth - Messe en sol mineur - Three Choral Hymns - Nothing is here for tears - A Vision of Aeroplanes... / The Choir of Clare College - J. McVinnie & A. Gupta, orgues - Timothy Brown, direction

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Jeffrey Davis VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed every work on this CD. It opens with a fine rarity - 'A Voice out of the Whirlwind' - a setting for organ and choir of one of the most moving moments in 'Job - A Masque for Dancing'; the 'Galliard for the Sons of the Morning'. Probably the most important work here is the Tudor-inspired unaccompanied Mass in G Minor. It is here given a fine performance by Timothy Brown with the Choir of Clare College Cambridge. They do Vaughan Williams proud in all respects. The conductor, as a boy chorister had sung at Vaughan Williams funeral, in Westminster Abbey in 1958. Also included are 'A Vision of Aeroplanes', 'Valiant for Truth', 'Three Choral Hymns'(recorded with an organ for the first time here)and some shorter works. Interesting booklet notes by the conductor add to the appeal of this CD.

Well worth investigation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vision of Aeroplanes 25 Mar 2013
By Jeanius
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I bought this recording because the choir that I belong to is singing a Vaughan Williams piece called 'Vision of Aeroplanes' and I needed to hear it sung well. This recording was very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new discovery 2 April 2014
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I thought that I was thoroughly familiar with VW's choral works, but I heard the mass in G Minor, for the first time on Radio Three Recently and had to purchase. I like the music of Tallis and Byrd, the G Minor mass is quite a throwback to those times but unmistakeably Vaughan Williams at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another side of Vaughan Williams 6 April 2010
By Craig M. Zeichner - Published on
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The paradox that is Ralph Vaughan Williams the agnostic and Vaughan Williams the composer of some of the finest sacred music of the 20th century is striking. This new recording by the always excellent Choir of Clare College, Cambridge is also striking. It features a good cross-section of familiar works--the Mass in G minor--and a hearty sampling of lesser-known works.

The Mass in G minor is RVW's brilliant take on the music of the late English Renaissance. But the Mass is much more than a pastiche of Tallis and Byrd since RVW makes things interesting by mixing up the textures (there are sections solo voices, solo quartets, single and double choir) and creates a deeply moving work that will appeal to listeners who are fond of RVW's pastoral style. While I miss hearing trebles in the music's top line (pick up the recording by the Saint Thomas Choir on Koch for this), this is a very beautiful performance.

The rarities are real treasures. The Voice out of the Whirlwind, an anthem adapted from the "Galliard of the Sons of the Morning" from Job, is a big-boned workout for choir with an especially muscular organ part that is played brilliantly by Ashok Gupta. Perhaps best of all is A Vision of Aeroplanes, a strikingly cinematic take on the tale of Ezekiel and the wheel with another knuckle and foot-blistering organ part.

The performances are all excellent. Timothy Brown is one of the great choral conductors of the English repertoire and he gets responsive and technically polished performances from this fine choir. Kudos to the two organists also, Mr. Gupta is superb throughout and James McVinnie all but steals the show in the Vision of Aeroplanes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reverb spoils a fine recording 7 Jan 2011
By CD Maniac - Published on
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What a potentially wonderful disc: less-often recorded Vaughan Williams music that is fascinating at times (especially "A Vision of Aeroplanes"); and a very fine choir.
However, the recording engineer has ruined it all with the use of way too much reverb. By doing so, the harmonies become slightly obscured, and the texts become completely lost. What a shame! Still, if you're looking for this repertoire, it is unlikely you'll find it elsewhere. The CD is still worth the purchase for that reason alone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ho-hum 4 Dec 2010
By K. Feucht - Published on
These set of songs were adequately performed, but lacked brilliance and charm. It is typical of Vaughn Williams to have very predictable music, so that if one has heard one Vaughn Williams piece, you've heard them all. There is nothing about these choral pieces to excite the soul or transcend the realm of the ennui. I purchased this CD hoping to find in VW and British music some charm--but, British music, like British food, tends to be bland and uninteresting. The Brits have failed to produced good composers, outside of Purcell and the Beatles. The more I listen to VW, I realize that it is not a matter of missing something in the music that is subtle or complex, such as learning to appreciate the music of Wagner. The music of VW is just plain boring and uncreative.
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