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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Mozart, 21 Nov 2011
This review is from: Mozart: Solemn Vespers K339 / Coronation Mass in C K317 / Ave verum corpus K618 (Audio CD)
This CD enhances the already considerable reputation of the Schola Cantorum of Tewkesbury Abbey (this is their second release on the Delphian label in recent months) and surely places this choir among the finest of its genre (boys and men) in the country.

The recording is extraordinary for a start in that a boy treble sings the solos that are more usually sung on recordings by a soprano. Laurence Kilsby brings both an exceptional voice and outstanding musicality to all the solos, the Agnus Dei and Laudate Dominum being simply quite stunning. Is this the finest treble voice of this, or indeed many another, generation?

The choir, orchestra and quartet of all-male soloists under Benjamin Nicholas's direction combine to make this an absolutely superb, must-have recording.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 28 Nov 2011
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Another long-awaited disc from the Tewkesbury Schola Cantorum, and a particularly happy one for those of us who prefer a single composer to a medley. The highlight of the recording is the once-in-a-lifetime voice of Laurence Kilsby, by no means your ordinary delicate treble but a full soaring 'soprano'. My only hesitation in giving this 5 stars was the technical mismanagement of the Agnus dei, which has to be boosted in volume to be adequately heard. Once you hear it though, it is well worth the effort and the 5 stars!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cd!, 5 Dec 2011
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H. M. Tobe (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: Solemn Vespers K339 / Coronation Mass in C K317 / Ave verum corpus K618 (Audio CD)
This is truly a wonderful cd.(Today, 31-12-2011 reviewed positively on BBC by Andrew MacGregor)
I don't think anyone could imagine that these Mozart works could be done by a choir like Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum in such a marvellous way!
All the soloists are excellent. The choir is great. The orchestra is very good even if the timpani seem to be overdoing it a bit.
The recording is impeccable.
TASC has really surpassed itself.
Benjamin Nicholas has done a wonderful job.
The UK is really very fortunate to have choirs like this.
Contents:
Coronation Mass in C KV 317
1Kyrie
2Gloria
3Credo
4Sanctus
5Benedictus
6Agnus Dei

7Ave verum corpus KV 618

Vesperae solennes de confessore KV 339
8Dixit Dominus
9Confitebor
10Beatus vir
11Laudate pueri
12Laudate Dominum
13Magnificat

Laurence Kilsby treble
Jeremy Kenyon alto
Christopher Watson tenor
Christopher Borrett bass

See also:Mozart: Requiem
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding highly collectable CD, 23 Feb 2014
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I can only reiterate the complimentary remarks of other reviewers. This is a truly excellent performance. The enclosed booklet is packed with useful information. An added bonus is the very nice informal looking picture of Kid Kilsby himself, confronting you when the jewel case is opened, together with a generous sprinkling of his fellow choristers throughout the booklet. It is so nice to put faces to the exquisite sound.
A stunning performance by all and a very highly recommended CD that I will treasure for ever.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, 6 Jan 2012
This review is from: Mozart: Solemn Vespers K339 / Coronation Mass in C K317 / Ave verum corpus K618 (Audio CD)
Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum It is an excellent boys choir Mozart: Solemn Vespers K339; Coronation Mass in C K317. Excelent CD! I can suggest.
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