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England My England

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  • Audio CD (July 28 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B002AS5IMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Zadok the Priest (Handel)
2. Lux aeterna (Elgar, arr. John Cameron)
3. Hymn: Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
4. Spem in Alium (Tallis)
5. Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd (chant by Goss)
6. Hallelujah Chorus (Handel)
7. Requiem- Pie Jesu
8. Hymn: Come down, O Love divine
9. O nata lux de lumine (Tallis)
10. Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum) (Balfour Gardiner)
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Disc: 2
1. Jerusalem (Parry)
2. Requiem- Requiem aeternam (Rutter)
3. I vow to thee, my country (Holst)
4. Song for Athene (Tavener)
5. Hymn: Abide with me (vv. 2, 4 & 5 arr. Cleobury)
6. Magnificat in G (Stanford)
7. Thou knowest, Lord Z58c (Purcell)
8. Hosanna to the Son of David (Gibbons)
9. Hymn: The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
10. Psalm 84: O how amiable are thy dwellings (Parry)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison Bonar on Sept. 17 2009
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England, My England is a fine representation of English church music over the past 500 years. Tallis, Byrd, Handel,Holst, Rutter, Tavener, Britten and Vaughan Williams are among the contributors brought to life under the skillful direction of Stephen Cleobury, Sir Philip Ledger and Sir David Willcocks. A rich mixture of ancient and modern, this album will remain a treasured compilation for years to come.
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By K. G. Lakes on May 19 2013
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Kings College Choir - their music is beautiful, passionate, joyful, and something to listen to at any time. Buy any of their albums and enjoy.
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By Barry on Dec 5 2014
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You have to really love choirs . Some truly great "classics"
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
a voice teacher and early music fan Jan. 29 2010
By George Peabody - Published on
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This two CD two hour thirty-two minute recording was releaed by EMI Classics in July, 2009. It includes a wide variety of mostly sacred music that offers motets, ancient and modern, well-known psalms and favorite hymns and pieces made recognisable through their association with key English historical events. The majority of the selections are conducted by Stephen Cleobury (conductor of the choir since 1982), several by David Willcocks (1957-1973) and only two by Philip Ledger (1974-1982). Since all the selections are listed on the website I will mention only some of them in order to make you aware that they do fall into certain categories, although not as they are presented on the recordings.

There are, for example, many old favorite traditional hymns such as : 'All People that on Earth do Dwell'(Vaughan Williams arrangement of the Old Hundredth), 'Abde with Me', 'Praise my soul, the king of Heaven'. Also we hear from Evensong 'Drop, drop slow tears' and 'The Day that thou gavest Lord, is ended'.

Such Liturgical Pieces as: Rutter's 'Pie Jesu & Requiem aeternam', Byrd's 'Ave Verum Corpus' and Britten's 'Jubilate Deo'. One of my personal favorites is Vaughan William's great 'Mass in G minor' represented here by the stunningly beautiful 'Kyrie'.

Of course, one might expect to hear something from that honorary Englishman, Handel, and his 'Zadok the Priest' opens up CD 1 in a glorious fashion. Another Coronation anthem is Parry's 'I was glad' and his ever-popular 'Jerusalem'. Holst is well represented by his patriotic 'I Vow to thee, o country'.

Some others that I take note of for the mellifluous sound and moving interpretation on the part of the choir: Tallis' exquisite 'O Nata Lux de Lumine'. There are a few non-sacred pieces, two of which are: Purcell's 'Come Ye sons of Art' and Delius' 'To be sung on the Water'.

This is indeed a compilation of some of the greatest and most uplifting music written in England and performed by the country's most skilled church choir. I found it difficult, though I was familiar with all of the selections that are on various recordings, to absorb the entire recordings at one time; it's a lot of music, and if you are not familiar with some of them, perhaps listening in small doses is best; but to each his own listening way!

QUOTATION FROM GRAMOPHONE: " I readily admit to being moved to tears on first hearing this disc (Credo), and innumerable playing subsequently have not fully innured me from the emotional impact of these intense performances of profoundly beautiful music."

I was not moved to tears, but it is nonetheless a superior collection, and is a good representation of the varied performance through the years of this amazing consistently fine choir.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Oh, Jerusalem at King's June 5 2010
By Bach Forever - Published on
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As always, the King's College Choir is at the peak of the musical experience. This recording of English Anthems is no exception. The boys sing with the purest sound complimented by the organ and the rare acoustic if the Chapel at King's College. I have been a devoted follower of the Choir since my days of Argo LPs. This CD is a welcome addition to my collection.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely brilliant ! Feb. 17 2012
By Christina Grazer - Published on
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For anyone who is a lover of English choral music, this CD is a must! The selections range from the familiar "Jerusalem" to the hauntingly beautiful "Song for Athene". The arrangements are exquisite, the organ music incredible and the voices truly from heaven. Enjoy!!!
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This Sceptered Isle is almost as good as Rule Britainnia! Jan. 7 2010
By Kenmore Emerson - Published on
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A bit too holy for me, but hey
I still listen to Rule Britannia
when I think of
This Sceptered Isle
I still call home
after leaving 13 generations ago
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fine singing Nov. 24 2012
By Finbarr - Published on
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While there is an abundance of sacred music in this collection, you will like it if you are a fan of choral works. I listen to it when I drive. It makes traffic a bit saner.

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