English Visionaries / Spicer, Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir

Release Date: 9/30/2016
Catalog Number: SOMMCD 0159
Conductor: Paul Spicer
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This fifth disc in SOMM's successful collaboration with the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir and Paul Spicer adds another delightful album to the catalogue. The repertoire chosen by Spicer for this release despels the thought that the music of Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and Herbert Howells is "English" in a derogatory sense, recalling more Elisabeth Lutyen's "cowpat school" label than that of "visionary". As amply demonstrated here, all three were composers of enormous transcendent vision, forging a uniquely English musical revolution.
Works on This Recording
1. A vision of aeroplanes by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Nicholas Morris (Organ), Victoria Adams (Voice)
Conductor: Paul Spicer
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; England
2. Prayer to the Father of Heaven by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Nicholas Morris (Organ)
Conductor: Paul Spicer
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; England
3. Mass in G minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Elizabeth Adams (Soprano), Nicholas Morris (Organ), David Emerson (Tenor), William Gee (Bass), Nicola Starkie (Alto)
Conductor: Paul Spicer
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920-1921 ; England
4. The Evening-watch, Op. 43 no 1/H 159 by Gustav Holst
Performer: Nicholas Morris (Organ), Eloise Waterhouse (Voice), Richard James (Voice)
Conductor: Paul Spicer
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; England
5. Sing me the men, Op 43 no 1/H 160 H 160 by Gustav Holst
Performer: Nicholas Morris (Organ)
Conductor: Paul Spicer
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; England
6. House of the Mind by Herbert Howells
Performer: Nicholas Morris (Organ)
Conductor: Paul Spicer
Period: 20th Century
7. Lord, thou hast been our refuge by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Nicholas Morris (Organ), Elizabeth Adams (Soprano), Andrew Randall (Bass), Richard James (Tenor), Jonathan Sheppard (Trumpet), Lucy Morton (Alto)
Conductor: Paul Spicer
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921 ; England
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