ALLEGRI / TALLIS / GABRIELI / MONTEVERDI / PALESTRINA / etc
Miserere - Sacred Choral Music
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Stephen Cleobury / Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks
[ SBS Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 23/May/2001 ]
A wonderful collection of meditative choral music, spearheaded by Allegri's ubiquitous Miserere and including works by other Renaissance composers, including the magnificent Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis.
W. A. MOZART
Exsultate, jubilate, KV165 / Regina coeli KV108 / etc
Emma Kirkby (soprano) / Westminster Cathedral Choir (Boys' Voices) Academy of Ancient Music. Christopher Hogwood
[ Decca ABC Australian Eloquence / CD - released 27/Jul/2005 ]
"This is a superb issue, and deserves wide circulation I can recommend it highly. The UK's loss is Australia's gain." (MusicWeb Aug 2005)
GOUNOD / BACH / HANDEL / MENDELSSOHN / MASCAGNI / etc
Kiri te Kanawa - Songs of Inspiration
Kiri te Kanawa (soprano) / The Mormon Tabernacle Choir / Utah Symphony Orchestra
[ Decca ABC Australian Eloquence / CD - released 1/May/2005 ]
"Dame Kiri te Kanawa sings radiantly" Penguin Stereo Guide
Once As I Remember
Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner
[ Australian SBS Decca Eloquence / CD - released 10/Mar/2013 ]
'Once As I Remember' is John Eliot Gardiner's recreation of the story of Christmas based on the Springhead Christmas Play. A nativity play made up of music, speech, dance and mime took place almost every Christmas in the Millroom at Springhead, home...
BYRD / CAUSTUN / PURCELL / ALLEGRI
Evensong for Ash Wednesday
Ray Goodman (treble) / King's College Choir, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks
[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / CD - released 11/Sep/2011 ]
Roy Goodman's recording of the Allegri Miserere (in David Willcocks's edition, sung in English) was its first, made in March 1963. Although reissued countless times, the complete Argo recording from which it emanates - Evensong for Ash Wednesday -...
ZOLTAN KODALY / BELA BARTOK
Kodaly: Hary Janos - suite / Psalmus Hungaricus / etc / Bartok: Dance Suite / Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta
Sir Georg Solti, conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 20/Oct/2016 ]
"Orchestra and chorus shine in the Psalm […] Georg Solti is to be congratulated on two such vital readings" Gramophone on Psalmus Hungaricus & Peacock Variations
Favourite Hymns (Incls 'Praise my Soul the King of Heaven')
Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, George Guest
[ Decca Eloquence / CD - released 14/Apr/1994 ]
Essential Hymns is a CD packed with lots of must have favourite hymns for Christmas.
BENJAMIN BRITTEN / RALF VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
A Boy was Born
Choir of King's College, Cambridge. London Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Cleobury.
[ Decca Eloquence / CD - released 1/Nov/2019 ]
'For multitudes of listeners… these performances… have become the representative interpretations… reproduced here in vibrant if occasionally saturated sonics.' Classics Today (Britten)
Masses for three, four & five voices
The Choir of Winchester Cathedral, David Hill
[ SBS Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 20/Jul/2014 ]
The Cathedral Choir and musicians enjoy an international reputation and perform a wide repertoire of magnificent choral, orchestral and instrumental music from all periods.
PARRY / BAIRSTOW / ELGAR / STANFORD / HADLEY
Jerusalem - British Choral Classics
Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. David Hill
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 12/May/2005 ]
"In all, this is a nice representation some of the core repertoire of the Anglican Church; but again, these ears would have appreciated much more variety, and dare I say it, mature female voices, especially given the big orchestrations." (MusicWeb...
RUSSIAN FOLK SONGS
Russian Folk Songs: Songs with orchestra & songs with choir
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) / Ossipov Russian Folk Orchestra / St.Petersburg Chamber Choir
[ ABC Australin Philips Eloquence / 2 CD - released 1/Jul/2008 ]
This double CD set returns two popular CDs to the catalogue - Hvorostovsky performing songs with orchestra and with choir. Winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World, he has gone on to give great performances in operas by Verdi and is unequalled in...
Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70 (complete oratorio recorded in 1954)
Jacqueline Delman, Norma Procter, George Maran / London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir & Hampstead Parish Church Boys' Choir, Josef Krips
[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 1/Mar/2011 ]
"Boyce sings the part with studied beauty, as indeed do all the other soloists, and the chorus is in excellent form. Josef Krips sets them some rapid tempi here and there, but the result is lively and interesting … plenty of orchestral detail even in...
Kenneth Mckellar's Book of Hymns
Kenneth McKellar (tenor) & John Turner (organ) / Choir of Paisley Abbey, George McPhee
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 20/Mar/2016 ]
Released by popular demand, this collection brings together 21 favourite hymns and sacred songs sung by that most beloved of tenors, Kenneth McKellar
Salute To Percy Grainger (Incls 'Shepherd's Hey' & 'The Warriors')
Peter Pears (tenor) Anna Reynolds (mezzo-soprano) John Shirley Quirk (baritone) / Ambrosian Singers, Wandsworth Boys' Choir, Benjamin Britten
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 1/Oct/2010 ]
"This is an altogether delightful anthology, beautifully played and recorded by these distinguished artists … the recording is an extremely good one" Penguin Guide ***
Howells: Collegium Regale / St Paul's Service (with works by Vaughan Williams)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge. Sir David Willcocks
[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / CD - released 1/Mar/2014 ]
Issued following several requests is Sir David Willcocks complete 1966 LP of Howells choral music originally issued on Argo makes its first appearance on CD. Howells contributes his own notes (reprinted from the original LP) in which he outlines the...
Rarities (incls 'Voices for Today' & 'Bottom's Dream')
Choir of King's College / John Hahessy (boy alto) / Peter Pears (tenor) / Pamela Bowden (contralto) / Sir Geraint Evans (baritone)
[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / CD - released 1/Jan/2013 ]
"Britten's underrated United Nations anthem Voices for Today makes it onto disc at last, together with vintage recordings of artists the composer chose to work with." (BBC Music)
Choir of the Monks of the Abbey of Santa Domingo de Silos: Dom Ismael Fernandez de la Cuesta.
[ Deutsche Grammophon Eloquence / CD - released 24/May/2000 ]
Gregorian Chants now offered at a very special price
GIBBONS / BYRD / PARRY / PURCELL / etc
Evensong of the Feast of the Translation of Saint Edwards
Choir of Westminster Abbey, Simon Preston & William McKinney
[ Decca Australian SBS Eloquence / CD - released 20/Jul/2014 ]
"Simon Preston's rendering of Widor's organ toccata is brilliant." BBC Music "The recording captures a wide range of tone … An enjoyable record, reaching a very high standard" (Gramophone)
Christmas at Westminster Abbey
Choir of Westminster Abbey, Simon Preston, with Christopher Herrick, organ
[ Deutsche Grammophon Eloquence / CD - released 10/Dec/2017 ]
"The Choir of Westminster Abbey is on its toes in a lively mixture of old and new, familiar and less so." Gramophone
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS / HOWELLS / WARLOCK / IRELAND / FINZI / etc
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hill
[ Decca Eloquence / CD - released 1/Nov/2012 ]