Joshua Ryan, William Vann, Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – Vaughan Williams: Earth’s Wide Bounds (2022) [FLAC 24bit, 96 kHz]

Joshua Ryan, William Vann, Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea - Vaughan Williams: Earth's Wide Bounds (2022) [FLAC 24bit, 96 kHz] Download

Artist: Joshua Ryan, William Vann, Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Album: Vaughan Williams: Earth’s Wide Bounds
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2022
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24bit, 96 kHz
Duration: 01:18:05
Total Tracks: 20
Total Size: 1,37 GB

Tracklist:

1-1. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – Te Deum in G Major (06:46)
1-2. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – For All the Saints Who from Their Labours Rest (04:23)
1-3. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – O Clap Your Hands (03:06)
1-4. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – He Who Would Valiant Be (02:00)
1-5. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – I. Responses to Commandments (05:49)
1-6. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – II. Kyrie (04:08)
1-7. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – III. Creed (07:05)
1-8. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – IV. Sanctus (02:35)
1-9. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – V. Benedictus (02:17)
1-10. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – VI. Agnus Dei (03:39)
1-11. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – VII. Gloria in Excelsis (04:01)
1-12. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (02:14)
1-13. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – O Taste and See (01:24)
1-14. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (03:02)
1-15. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – Prayer to the Father of Heaven (05:24)
1-16. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – O God of Earth and Altar (02:11)
1-17. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – Let All the World in Every Corner Sing (03:07)
1-18. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – Come Down, O Love Divine (03:16)
1-19. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – Valiant for Truth (05:49)
1-20. Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – No. 2, By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame (05:39)

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The centerpiece here is the first complete recording of the Communion Service in G minor – the 1923 English translation and revision of the Latin Mass in G minor which had been published just a year earlier. In keeping with the 1662 Anglican communion service then in use, the Gloria comes at the end; the service begins with sung responses to the ten commandments, read for us here by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Five movements require a quartet as well as a double chorus.William Vann has confidence in every member of his Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, so each of those movements has a different quartet, thus giving individual voice to 20 of the choristers. It is surprising that By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame, an early Walt Whitman setting, has lain neglected in manuscript for so long. This lovely setting for unaccompanied chorus started life as a “Ballade for Quintet” in 1904 and was revised as a “Nocturne”, still for quintet, in 1906.

The choral version must have come soon afterwards, thus representing the next stage in the experiment. Valiant-for-Truth is a popular work, but few of the standard reference books on RVW have very much to say about it. Even Michael Kennedy does little more than tell us that it was written in November 1940. That date – when the war news was bleak – is the key to the selection of the text. It has nothing to do with the (then unfinished) opera Pilgrim’s Progress – it’s drawn from altogether the wrong part of the novel – but Mr Valiant-for-Truth had fought three “rogues”, emerging scarred but victorious; he passed through the River to his reward, “and the trumpets all sounded for him on the other side”.

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