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English Visionaries: Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst & Herbert Howells

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir, Nicholas Morris, Paul Spicer

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1.1
A Vision of Aeroplanes
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Victoria Adams; Nicholas Morris; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; Paul Spicer
10:07
1.2
Prayer to the Father of Heaven
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; Paul Spicer
4:30
Mass in G Minor  
1.3
Kyrie
Ralph Vaughan Williams; William Gee; Nicola Starkie; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; David Emerson; Paul Spicer
3:40
1.4
Gloria
Ralph Vaughan Williams; William Gee; Nicola Starkie; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; David Emerson; Paul Spicer
3:48
1.5
Credo
Ralph Vaughan Williams; William Gee; Nicola Starkie; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; David Emerson; Paul Spicer
5:56
1.6
Sanctus (Osana I)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; William Gee; Nicola Starkie; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; David Emerson; Paul Spicer
2:21
1.7
Benedictus (Osana II)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; William Gee; Nicola Starkie; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; David Emerson; Paul Spicer
2:11
1.8
Agnus Dei
Ralph Vaughan Williams; William Gee; Nicola Starkie; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; David Emerson; Paul Spicer
4:01
2 Motets  
1.9
The Evening-Watch, Op. 43, No. 1
Gustav Holst; Eloise Waterhouse; Richard James; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; Paul Spicer
4:14
1.10
Sing me the men, Op. 43, No. 2
Gustav Holst; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; Paul Spicer
5:23
1.11
The House of the Mind
Herbert Howells; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; Paul Spicer
8:03
1.12
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Lucy Morton; Richard James; Andrew Randall; Nicholas Morris; Elizabeth Adams; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; Jonathan Sheppard; Paul Spicer
8:41
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    62:55
"(The Vaughan Williams is) ferociously demanding music but Spicer and his young musicians deliver it with great commitment in an exciting performance ... an uncommonly interesting programme ... also a programme that’s extremely challenging for the choir and the young singers of the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir acquit themselves very well indeed ... this Birmingham choir has a freshness of tone that’s most appealing ... Spicer has clearly prepared the choir scrupulously ... I enjoyed the disc very much indeed ... the sound quality is excellent ... clear yet atmospheric. Though most of the music is unaccompanied the organ contributions are excitingly recorded. This is an excellent disc."
- MusicWeb International

On English Visionaries, the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir and Paul Spicer present chorale repertoire that dispels the notion that the music of Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and Herbert Howells is "English" in a derogatory sense. As amply demonstrated here, all three were composers of enormous transcendent vision, forging a uniquely English musical revolution.
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