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Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea|Vaughan Williams: Earth's Wide Bounds

Vaughan Williams: Earth's Wide Bounds

Joshua Ryan, William Vann, Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea

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The centerpiece here is the first complete recording of the Communion Service in G minor – the 1923 English translation and revision of the Latin Mass in G minor which had been published just a year earlier. In keeping with the 1662 Anglican communion service then in use, the Gloria comes at the end; the service begins with sung responses to the ten commandments, read for us here by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Five movements require a quartet as well as a double chorus.

William Vann has confidence in every member of his Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, so each of those movements has a different quartet, thus giving individual voice to 20 of the choristers. It is surprising that By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame, an early Walt Whitman setting, has lain neglected in manuscript for so long. This lovely setting for unaccompanied chorus started life as a "Ballade for Quintet" in 1904 and was revised as a "Nocturne", still for quintet, in 1906.

The choral version must have come soon afterwards, thus representing the next stage in the experiment. Valiant-for-Truth is a popular work, but few of the standard reference books on RVW have very much to say about it. Even Michael Kennedy does little more than tell us that it was written in November 1940. That date – when the war news was bleak – is the key to the selection of the text. It has nothing to do with the (then unfinished) opera Pilgrim’s Progress – it’s drawn from altogether the wrong part of the novel – but Mr Valiant-for-Truth had fought three "rogues", emerging scarred but victorious; he passed through the River to his reward, "and the trumpets all sounded for him on the other side". © Albion Records

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Te Deum in G major (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

1
Te Deum in G Major
00:06:46

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

For All the Saints Who from Their Labours Rest (Christopher Robinson)

2
For All the Saints Who from Their Labours Rest
00:04:23

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Christopher Robinson, Composer - William Walsham How, Lyricist - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

O clap your hands (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

3
O Clap Your Hands
00:03:06

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

He who would valiant be (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

4
He Who Would Valiant Be
00:02:00

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - John Bunyan, Lyricist - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

Communion Service in G Minor (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

5
I. Responses to Commandments
00:05:49

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist - Rowan Williams, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

6
II. Kyrie
00:04:08

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Simon Wall, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist - Leah Jackson, Artist, MainArtist - Adrian Horsewood, Artist, MainArtist - Charlie Morris, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

7
III. Creed
00:07:05

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Eloise Irving, Artist, MainArtist - Ciara Hendrick, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist - Joseph Doody, Artist, MainArtist - James Arthurt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

8
IV. Sanctus
00:02:35

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

9
V. Benedictus
00:02:17

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Helen Ashby, Artist, MainArtist - Clara Kanter, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist - Nicholas Ashby, Artist, MainArtist - Jonny Beatty, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

10
VI. Agnus Dei
00:03:39

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Katy Hill, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist - Nathan Harrison, Artist, MainArtist - Tom Castle, Artist, MainArtist - Emma Ashby, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

11
VII. Gloria in Excelsis
00:04:01

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Angus McPhee, Artist, MainArtist - Jenni Harper, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist - Jonathan Hanley, Artist, MainArtist - Rosemary Clifford, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

I heard the voice of Jesus say (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

12
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
00:02:14

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Horatius Bonar, Lyricist - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

O taste and see (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

13
O Taste and See
00:01:24

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist - Leah Jackson, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

14
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
00:03:02

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Sidney Campbell, Composer - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

Prayer to the Father of Heaven (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

15
Prayer to the Father of Heaven
00:05:24

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - John Skelton, Lyricist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

O God of Earth and Altar (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

16
O God of Earth and Altar
00:02:11

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - G.K. Chesterton, Lyricist - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

Let all the world in every corner sing (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

17
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
00:03:07

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - George Herbert, Lyricist - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

Come down, O Love divine (Christopher Robinson)

18
Come Down, O Love Divine
00:03:16

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Christopher Robinson, Composer - Joshua Ryan, Artist, MainArtist - Richard Frederick Littledale, Lyricist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

Valiant for Truth (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

19
Valiant for Truth
00:05:49

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - John Bunyan, Lyricist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

Nocturne (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

20
By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame
00:05:39

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Walt Whitman, Lyricist - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Choir, MainArtist - William Vann, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Albion (P) 2022 Albion

Album Description

The centerpiece here is the first complete recording of the Communion Service in G minor – the 1923 English translation and revision of the Latin Mass in G minor which had been published just a year earlier. In keeping with the 1662 Anglican communion service then in use, the Gloria comes at the end; the service begins with sung responses to the ten commandments, read for us here by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Five movements require a quartet as well as a double chorus.

William Vann has confidence in every member of his Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, so each of those movements has a different quartet, thus giving individual voice to 20 of the choristers. It is surprising that By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame, an early Walt Whitman setting, has lain neglected in manuscript for so long. This lovely setting for unaccompanied chorus started life as a "Ballade for Quintet" in 1904 and was revised as a "Nocturne", still for quintet, in 1906.

The choral version must have come soon afterwards, thus representing the next stage in the experiment. Valiant-for-Truth is a popular work, but few of the standard reference books on RVW have very much to say about it. Even Michael Kennedy does little more than tell us that it was written in November 1940. That date – when the war news was bleak – is the key to the selection of the text. It has nothing to do with the (then unfinished) opera Pilgrim’s Progress – it’s drawn from altogether the wrong part of the novel – but Mr Valiant-for-Truth had fought three "rogues", emerging scarred but victorious; he passed through the River to his reward, "and the trumpets all sounded for him on the other side". © Albion Records

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