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  • Run Time: 76:14
  • Release Date: 2022
  • Label: Naxos
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Five Mystical Songs

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  • O clap your hands Vaughan Williams3:29
  • Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma”: Variation 9: Nimrod Elgar3:31
  • 2 Psalms: Psalm 148, “Lord, Who hast made us for thine own” Holst5:33
  • O Gladsome Light Darke3:51
  • 4 Anthems: No. 3. Like as the hart Howells6:28
  • Give unto the Lord, Op. 74, “Psalm 29” Elgar9:23
  • Wash me throughly Wesley4:51
  • O Taste and See Vaughan Williams1:36
  • Blessed be the God and Father Wesley8:01
  • Bible Songs, Op. 113: No. 6. A Song of Wisdom Stanford5:25
  • My Beloved Spake Hadley3:29
  • 5 Mystical Songs: No. 1. Easter Vaughan Williams5:21
  • 5 Mystical Songs: No. 3. Love Bade Me Welcome Vaughan Williams6:08
  • 5 Mystical Songs: No. 4. The Call Vaughan Williams1:58
  • 5 Mystical Songs: No. 5. Antiphon Vaughan Williams3:23
Album Details

Featuring Vaughan Williams’s masterly and intensely personal Five Mystical Songs, this album reflects on the sources of inspiration of some of his sacred choral works, alongside gems of 19th- and early-20th-century English church music. Often setting the poetry of the King James Bible, the finely spun melodies and sensitivity to word-rhythm of composers from S.S. Wesley to Herbert Howells result in a uniquely British form of expression.