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Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music, Flos Campi, Five Mystical Songs, Fantasia on Christmas Carols [CD]

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  • Performer: Elizabeth Connell, Linda Kitchen, Anne Dawson, Amanda Roocroft
  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra, Corydon Singers
  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZNQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Serenade to Music - London Philharmonic Orchestra
2. Easter
3. I Got Me Flowers
4. Love Bade Me Welcome
5. The Call
6. Antiphon
7. Fantasia On Christmas Carols
8. Flos Campi

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GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE 'Profoundly moving' --Gramophone

'Performances like these don't come along very often; each one is an absolute winner, and with rich, atmospheric recording quality the satisfaction is of a very special quality' --CDReview

'Performances like these don't come along very often; each one is an absolute winner, and with rich, atmospheric recording quality the satisfaction is of a very special quality' --CDReview

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Serenade To Music, Flos Campi, Fantasia, Mystical Songs / Corydon Singers - English Chamber Orchestra, Dir. Matthew Best

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vaughan Williams: Vocal Works 23 July 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is a splendid disc! The Serenade to Music is performed in its original version for soloists which is quite different (better?) than the subsequent choral version. The soloists present a marvellous account and the orchestral textures provide a ravishing counterpoint. Of particular note is the violin solo at the beginning which ably sets the scene for this account.
The Mystical Songs (text by George Herbert) are wonderfully sung by Thomas Allen and yet again are accompanied with great sensitivity and skill. The orchestral texture in Love bade me welcome is particularly fine as is Allen's performance which captures the tentative steps of the narrator into relationship with the Divine with an understated passion.
Nabuko Imai's Viola Solo at the beginning of Flos Campi is also worthy of note and sets the essentially 'Pastoral' feel of the piece although the anonymous Oboe solo is also wonderfully executed.
Lastly, the fantasy on Christmas Carols is well worth listening to and forms the very pleasant end to a marvellous disk. No enthusiast of English music should be without it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A majestic recording 23 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Recordings like this does not come around too often. This is a truly fantastic recording and a must have for Christmas.

The first track is Serenade to Music with 16 solo voices. To make this piece truly magical you need the best 16 solos to sing it. Hyperion have truly delivered they have bought in some of the Big names of British Singers of our Time to sing it. e.g. Some of the great singers include Thomas Allen, Gwynne Howell, Arthur Davies, Sarah Walker, Amanda Roocroft and many more of our great singers.

The rest of the recording is sung by the superb Thomas Allen. This is a must have CD for your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars five mystical songs 24 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD in order to learn the chorus sections of five mystical songs for a future concert. A beautiful recording.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Am delighted with the Vaughan Williams CD 10 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although the CD was released some time ago it sounds good. Thomas Allen sings the solo part of 5 Mystical Songs wonderfully. Unlike some interpretations there is no hint of 'mannered'singing----sometimes characterising baritone performances in earlier recordings.
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