English Choral Premieres & Rarities GCCD 4086

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“Fans of British Choral music should snap up this glorious disc (RLPO & Chorus) which features no fewer than 4 world premieres” (5 stars)


“Not to distract you from the excellence of the orchestral playing, but the accomplishments and inspiration displayed here represent English choral singing at its best. The smoothness, unanimity of enunciation, and ear-endearing luminosity of the singing resonates long after … not to be missed by fans of lyrical British choral music. Those who appreciate their Vaughan Williams and Delius will be richly rewarded.” (MusicWeb)                                                             

[1]  Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) With Proud Thanksgiving    7:21
world premiere recording
[2]  Frank Bridge (1879-1941)  A Prayer                                    17:06
[3]  Herbert Howells (1892-1983)  Sine Nomine                        14:43
world premiere recording
[4]  Sir George Dyson (1883-1964)  The Blacksmiths               14:19
world premiere recording of the orchestral version
[5]  Havergal Brian (1876-1972)  Psalm XXIII                          15:34
[6]  Henry Purcell (1659-1695) orchestrated by Elgar
 Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei                                     7:21
world premiere recording

TIME 77:14, DDD, 2002

Elizabeth Donovan soprano (3)    Kevin Matthews tenor (3,4,6)
William Prideaux baritone (6)    Pauline Alston piano (4)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chorus (Chorusmaster: Ian Tracey)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Leader: Malcolm Stewart)
Conductor: Douglas Bostock
Recorded in Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 13 & 14 July 2002
Producer: Martin Cotton    Recording engineer: Tony Wass
Mastering for Griffin: Paul Arden-Taylor    © 2002 ClassiCo / Membran