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  • Conductor: Christopher Robinson
  • Composer: William Walton
  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00005Y0MG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Coronation Te Deum (arr. S. Preston and M. Blatchly)Christopher Whitton 9:58Album Only
Listen  2. A Litany: A Litany: Drop, drop slow tearsChristopher Robinson 3:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis: MagnificatChristopher Whitton 4:05£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis: Nunc DimittisChristopher Whitton 2:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Where does the uttered music go?Christopher Robinson 6:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jubilate DeoChristopher Whitton 3:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Henry V (adapted by Christopher Palmer) (arr. I. Farrington): Henry V: Touch her soft lips and part (arr. I. Farrington)Christopher Whitton 2:05£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cantico del sole: Cantico del SoleChristopher Robinson 5:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Henry V (adapted by Christopher Palmer) (arr. I. Farrington): Henry V: Passacaglia "Death of Falstaff" (arr. I. Farrington)Christopher Whitton 3:01£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The TwelveEdward Lyon11:00Album Only
Listen11. Set me as a seal upon thine heart : Set me as a seal upon thine heartChristopher Whitton 3:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. AntiphonChristopher Robinson 3:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Missa brevis: KyrieChristopher Whitton 1:59£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Missa brevis: Sanctus and BenedictusChristopher Whitton 1:32£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Missa brevis: Agnus DeiChristopher Whitton 1:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Missa brevis: GloriaChristopher Whitton 3:26£0.69  Buy MP3 

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Coronation Te Deum - Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - Jubilate Deo - Cantico del Sole - Missa Brevis... / Chœur du St John's College, Cambridge - Christopher Robinson, direction

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St John's English Choral Music series for Naxos (this Walton disc is number four) has won golden opinions (and an award or two), but there has been nothing better than this. With Christopher Robinson nearing the end of his reign in charge of this world-renowned choir, there could hardly be a better testament to his work. The likes of "Drop, drop slow tears" and "Set me as a seal" are standards for choirs up and down the land, but pieces such as the remarkable "The Twelve" and "Where does the uttered music go?" require a particular virtuosity, which is more than evident here. Space doesn't permit an extolling of all the virtues--in brief, a sound fresh, rich and natural; ensemble and balance of voices immaculate; solo contributions impressive. Christopher Whitton's organ contributions impress, not least in arrangements of the two ubiquitous movements from Walton's film music for Henry V. The acoustic of St John's is caught just right--neither too dry nor too swimmy. As a chorister himself, Walton knew the musical traditions of the Anglican church inside out. St John's et al show here they know his music just as thoroughly. --Andrew Green

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By chris@murray11187.fsnet.co.uk on 17 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is undoubtedly the best of the five CDs that St John's have recently made with Naxos. The choir perform the pieces with their usual standard of excellence - every word is clear, the sound never lacks in energy and the dynamic variation increase the emotive quality of the music. What particularly struck me was the beauty and maturity of the treble soloists' voices - these are surely among the finest choristers in Britain.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Hughes on 15 Feb 2002
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The choir of St John's has a spectacular dynamic range which complements Walton's music brilliantly. The crashing chords and almost brass-like quality of the scores come across fantastically.
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By G. Wright on 18 Oct 2014
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my favorites - great cd
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By Diana Hoy on 18 July 2014
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exciting music
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great boy treble tradition resounds 29 Jan 2007
By L. G. Eaglesham - Published on Amazon.com
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Over time even traditionally great choirs vary in their excellence, so in recent years the choir of St. John's College Cambridge has a sound that is again at its apogee. Choirmaster Christopher Robinson (now, alas, recently retired from St. John's) has nurtured a choral brilliance that reminds me of the years when George Guest directed the choir. It is a delight to see that the great tradition of men and boys choirs still resounds in the Anglican Church (at least in many of England's 'Collegiate' and Cathedral choirs). St. John's is one of two ancient male voice chapel choirs at Cambridge University (the other being King's College Chapel Choir) in which the boy trebles are actually in a sense 'professionals'. Each college, in whose chapel they sing daily services, operates a nearby boarding school where the young singers--chosen for prodigious talents at strict competition-- take a high level of musical training, along with the regular school curriculum. The men's voices consist of young university students attending Cambridge on 'choral scholarships'. And for me the often heard debate regarding the merits of boy trebles versus girls (or women's) voices in church music is not moot when it comes to the Anglican musical and liturgical tradition. There is a kind of effortlessness and artlessness to the singing of the English choirboy, at this level of selection and training, that produces a wistful, often plaintive sound. It is a sound that seems most perfect for the Anglican liturgical repertoire. A female singer often seems to me likely to 'interpret' the note more, probably by virtue of natural instinct, and interject themselves more into the musical meaning of the piece. The boy treble 'tends' to have a natural emotional detachment in his singing which for me more profoundly expresses the ineffable nature of traditional Anglican music (if the expression of the ineffable is not a contradiction in terms:-). Anyway, for many all this is arcane opinion. But for lovers of this musical tradition it is its arcane nature that fills us with joy and wonderment.
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Excellently performed 11 Dec 2008
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This collection of Walton's choral music from Cambridge's Choir of St. John's College is immediately recommendable (regardless of whether you generally warm to church music - I recommend this as a firm atheist). As opposed to, say, the Finzi Singers on Chandos, the Cambridge Choir uses boy trebles rather than female singers (which surely has both pros and cons).

The Coronation Te Deum and The Twelve are probably the best known works here, and a brilliant, affirmative piece the former is, splendidly sung. Some might be bothered, though, by the fact that the Cambridge Choir's version is a little too intimate, and doesn't really capture the intended splendour. The Twelve is more unconditionally convincing in that sense - and just as well sung - but for my money, the finest piece here is the Missa Brevis, a delightful, intimate work. I don't understand the rationale behind including the Passacaglia from Henry V, but never mind - this is a warmly recommended collection.
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