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Hyperion Records

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The Lonely Tower (1868) by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund, USA / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDS44321/4
Recording details: September 1991
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: May 1992
Total duration: 21 minutes 37 seconds

'This present collection brings together critical elements of Vaughan Williams’s style in excellent interpretations and recordings with a comprehensive set of notes, texts and photographs. In this 50th-anniversary year, it becomes an affectionate document—and proof of the composer’s mastery of choral writing' (Choir & Organ)

'The performances are splendid, graced by such soloists as Thomas Allen and Bryn Terfel … the rapturous Serenade to Music has a cast of 16 singers fit to rival those of the original recording' (The Sunday Times)

'The quality of Best's choristers and his insistence on the highest standards hallmark the Corydon Singers' catalogue of Hyperion recordings, especially so in their Vaughan Williams output released here on four CDs … Best's sense of pacing, feeling for word-painting and singer's instinct for phrasing never fail' (Classic FM Magazine)

'This is as impressive and noteworthy a set as one could ask. It cuts a juicy swathe through the RVW catalogue of vocal works. In doing so it mixes the great with enjoyable ephemera and the Bunyan-centred with the godly and grand … Hyperion's laurels of the nineties granted freshly irresistible life in the now not so new millennium' (MusicWeb International)

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