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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67503
Recording details: July 2005
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: May 2005
Total duration: 5 minutes 57 seconds

'As is only to be expected from its past record, the Choir of Westminster Cathedral brings tonal richness and a superb musicality to its performances of these works. The solos sound as confident from the trebles as from the men, and one can almost smell the incense from the atmospheric recording' (The Daily Telegraph)

'A stirring Vision of aeroplanes testifies to the choir's extraordinary virtuosity which, under Baker, is clearly going from strength to strength … Hyperion has been making recordings in Westminster Cathedral almost since the day the company first came into being, and, as ever, the sound on this latest disc is gorgeous, full of depth, and with an ideal balance between, choir, organ and atmosphere' (International Record Review)

'A glorious celebration of music written with the acoustics of Westminster Cathedral in mind' (Classic FM Magazine)

author of text
Pilgrim's Progress

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Vaughan Williams had a great fondness for the work of John Bunyan. Always aware of English heritage, he regarded him as one of the most powerful writers the country had ever produced. The setting of Mr Valiant-for-Truth’s great speech from Pilgrim’s Progress seems to have been prompted by the death of Vaughan Williams’ close friend Dorothy Longman. Unaccompanied solo altos (a favourite sonority for Vaughan Williams) act as a quasi-narrator to introduce the words of the hero sung by the choir, which are set with characteristic modal harmony. First performed in 1942 it must have had great resonances for all living through the dark days of the Second World War, especially with the concluding trumpet effects that accompany the welcome of the righteous one into the court of heaven.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2005

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