Vaughan Wil­liams, Bern­stein

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Choir of King’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge/Cleobury, Brit­ten Sin­fo­nia (KING’S COL­LEGE)

Vaughan Wil­liams’s dra­matic can­tata Dona no­bis pacem (1936), to texts from Walt Whit­man, the Bible and the mass, has been re-or­ches­trated to suit small or­ches­tra and chapel choir, giv­ing heft by up­ping the use of harp and or­gan. It’s beau­ti­fully sung, with ideal soloists in so­prano Ail­ish Ty­nan, heart-rend­ing in her cries of “grant us peace”, and bari­tone Rod­er­ick Wil­liams, who sings Whit­man’s Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with ex­quis­ite ten­der­ness. Boys’ voices add new poignancy to the brassy, mar­tial mo­ments. Ge­orge Hill is a fine tre­ble soloist in Bern­stein’s Chich­ester Psalms, all vividly ac­com­pa­nied by the Brit­ten Sin­fo­nia.

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