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Vaughan Williams: Hymns and Choral Music [CD]

Christopher Robinson Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Worcester Cathedral Choir, Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Conductor: Christopher Robinson, Douglas Guest
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Collect
  • ASIN: B000000A95
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Come down, O Love DivineChristopher Robinson 3:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. O Taste and SeeChristopher Robinson 1:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 8 Traditional English Carols: 8 Traditional English Carols: No. 8. Wassail SongChristopher Robinson 3:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Te DeumChristopher Robinson 7:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wither's Rocking HymnChristopher Robinson 3:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. For all the saints: For all the SaintsChristopher Robinson 2:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Valiant for TruthChristopher Robinson 5:190.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prayer to the Father of HeavenChristopher Robinson 4:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 3 Choral Hymns: No. 1. Easter HymnChristopher Robinson 4:050.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 3 Choral Hymns: No. 2. Christmas HymnChristopher Robinson 6:140.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 3 Choral Hymns: No. 3. Whitsunday HymnChristopher Robinson 4:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Communion Service: SanctusDouglas Guest 2:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Festival Te DeumDouglas Guest 7:210.59  Buy MP3 


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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Valiant" CD 4 Feb 2009
By L. Reed
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I purchased this CD mainly for one track - Valiant-for-Truth, one of my favourite anthems - but have enjoyed the whole CD.
Just a small point - my CD has a different cover to the one illustrated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CHANDOS SOUND IS NATURAL SOUND 12 Dec 2009
By Gengler - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, this is a lovely collection of hymns - but I must disagree with the previous reviewer who states that Chandos' sound is poor.

Chandos, like many other high quality recording labels, goes for a more natural balance in their recording technique. This means that their recordings, when listened to on a good audio system, will place you about 1/3 to 1/2way back in the hall rather than inside of the orchestra. The latter is best represented by the multi-microphone Decca recordings made during the same period of time.

While the Decca recordings are exciting, it is unnatural to suddenly hear, say, a clarinet pop up front and center. The recordings can get tiring on the ears!

Chandos, Hyperion, BIS and other niche labels capture a more natural acoustic. I'd hate to see lover's of VW's music dissuaded from this lovely recording simply because a handful of amazon folks voted the other review as "Helpful" without having heard the actual recording.

VY wrote some beautiful hymns (despite his wavering faith). Please don't deprive yourself of hearing this wonderful music, in a very fine recording. At the price it's currently selling for from third party sellers, it's a steal!
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What? Turn it up!! 9 Mar 2001
By Neil Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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What a pity! This is a lovely collection of Vaughan Williams' choral works and hymns. Unfortunately, Chandos strikes again. The sound quality is very poor. One must have the volume up to a high level to hear this CD pleasantly. The fault with this CD is not its subject or the artistry of the performers. It lies soley with Chandos. I believe this is a common problem with their recordings.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection 5 Nov 2012
By Phillip C. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
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In reading the other reviews for this item, one is left with the impression that the recording sound is overall poor. I do not agree. I venture to say that the music must have been performed inside of church venues. The sound is excellent and there is nothing strange on this disc. I purchased it specifically for the Festival Te Deum, the last item on the disc. It is a spectacular piece but sadly very rarely performed. I believe it was written for use at the coronation of Elizabeth II. It fulfills it's purpose and this may be the reason why it is not often performed. It was not included in the VW Collection on EMI and I wanted to get a least one version of the work. Overall, the suond on this disc is quite good. No expensive reproduction equipment is needed. As I have stated elsewhere on this site, Chandos does a good job as they did on this disc. Nice to have the texts to the pieces included as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly for the specialist, and the sound quality doesn't help 3 Nov 2012
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Vaughan Williams remained fascinated by the Anglican hymn tradition throughout his life, and would of course need to try his hand at the genre. A warning to potential listeners who otherwise like Vaughan Williams: for the most part these works are hymns, and if you - like me - don't have any particular interest in conservatively solemn devotional choral music there will certainly be works on this disc that you may experience some problems really enjoying (it is a bit interesting, however, to see how Vaughan Williams, an atheist-leaning agnostic addressed this particular challenge). I doubt, for instance, that the Te Deum, the Festival Te Deum, or For All the Saints really has much but specialist appeal - at least if you, like me, fail to be particularly receptive to the texts. Even the Three Choral Hymns, though they certainly have more than merely functional value, may be a little too much for some listeners.

On the other hand Valiant-for-Truth and O Taste and See are deservedly popular works (and clearly goes beyond the traditional, austere hymn style), and the innocently melodic We've been awhile (Children's Christmas Song) and Wither's Rocking Hymn are deeply touching, beautiful works. Yes, We've been awhile is in most respects a standard Christmas Hymn, but the melody is beautiful and if you can enjoy this kind of music you will certainly like this particular example.

The Choir of Worcester Cathedral under Christopher Robinson sings beautifully throughout, but their efforts are severely compromised by the acoustics of the venue (the booklet notes contain the texts but no information about composer, performers or where this disc was recorded - though it may be because what I have seems to be a reissue of the original recording), and the sound is really woolly, flat and distant, which is a shame. In any case, however, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the music here is of mostly specialist interest - if you think this might be your kind of thing, then please go ahead and investigate the music (though given the sound quality one suspects that it may be better served elsewhere). We also get, for no discernible reason, a performance of the Sanctus movement from the composer's Communion Service in g minor performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey under Douglas Guest, but I doubt that the bizarre inclusion of this one will be a deciding factor for anyone.
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