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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Where Hope is Shining (Songs for Mixed Chorus)

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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Where Hope is Shining (Songs for Mixed Chorus)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Where Hope is Shining (Songs for Mixed Chorus)


This Albion Records album of songs for mixed chorus by Vaughan Williams, recorded at St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London in 2008 by Joyful Company of Singers, includes nine world première tracks, including the late (1950) song cycle Sun, Moon, Stars and Man.

That the vocal works on this recording were composed between 1895 and 1954 shows Vaughan Williams' lifelong affection for the human voice. As he put it in 1902: 'The voice can be made the medium of the best and deepest human emotion'.

Vaughan Williams was conscious of his place in a long and significant tradition of writing for the voice and viewed choral singing as a great art form. Through his compositions for voice, he could indulge his love for English poetry, especially the work of the Elizabethan writers. He was always looking out for suitable poems to set to music and he was fortunate in this task in his relationship with Ursula Wood, a poet in her own right, who he met in 1938 and married in 1953. It is her poetry which forms the basis of Sun, Moon, Stars and Man, the cycle of four songs that concludes this recording.

One of Europe's most prominent chamber choirs, Joyful Company of Singers is known for its virtuosity and intensity of spirit, as well as for an astoundingly wide repertoire, ranging from the 16th Century to the present day. Formed in 1988, by conductor Peter Broadbent, the choir has a discography of over 25 CDs.

Albion Recordings featuring Joyful Company of Singers: ALBCD012 Vaughan Williams: The Garden of Proserpine ALBCD025 Vaughan Williams: Fair Child of Beauty ALBCD033 Vaughan Williams: Beyond my Dream


An eminently appealing hour's worth of off-the-beaten track Vaughan Williams. --Gramophone, April 2009

Technically secure and tonally rounded, the Joyful Company of Singers live up to their name, but without ever sliding into over-characterisation.--BBC Music Magazine, February 2009

The Joyful Company of Singers is a first-rate ensemble that performs these 23 pieces with utmost respect and artistic authority. there are many very touchingly beautiful moments No longer mourn for me; Sweet Day; Willow Song; Rest; Mannin Veen; The New Commonwealth that seal this program as an essential addition to any serious choral music collection. --David Vernier, Classics Today

This selection spans a life-time of creativity. things of cool lunar delight. sweetly done smoothly idiomatic and touchingly reserved effect. a cooler calorific radiance an overwhelming and sanguine swing. --Rob Barnett, Musicweb International


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  2. Vaughan Williams: Sonnet 71 (No Longer Mourn For Me)
  3. Vaughan Williams: Echo's Lament For Narcissus (Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount')
  4. Vaughan Williams: Three Elizabethan Songs: Sweet Day
  5. Vaughan Williams: Three Elizabethan Songs: Willow Song
  6. Vaughan Williams: Three Elizabethan Songs: O Mistress Mine
  7. Vaughan Williams: Come Away Death
  8. Vaughan Williams: Linden Lea (A Dorset Song)
  9. Vaughan Williams: Ring Out Your Bells
  10. Vaughan Williams: Rest (O Earth, Lie Heavily Upon Her Eyes)
  11. Vaughan Williams: Fain Would I Change That Note
  12. Vaughan Williams: Alister Mcalpine's Lament
  13. Vaughan Williams: The Winter Is Gone And Past
  14. Vaughan Williams: Mannin Veen (Dear Mona)
  15. Vaughan Williams: Our Love Goes Out To English Skies
  16. Vaughan Williams: Loch Lomond
  17. Vaughan Williams: The Mermaid
  18. Vaughan Williams: A Farmer's Son So Sweet
  19. Vaughan Williams: The Turtle Dove
  20. Vaughan Williams: The New Commonwealth
  21. Vaughan Williams: Sun, Moon, Stars And Man: Horses Of The Sun
  22. Vaughan Williams: Sun, Moon, Stars And Man: The Rising Of The Moon
  23. Vaughan Williams: Sun, Moon, Stars And Man: The Procession Of The Stars
  24. Vaughan Williams: Sun, Moon, Stars And Man: The Song Of The Sons Of Light
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