When David Heard: English & American Choral Masterpieces of the 20th Century | Stone Records 5060192780925

When David Heard: English & American Choral Masterpieces of the 20th Century

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Label: Stone Records

Cat No: 5060192780925

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 15th November 2019

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“When David Heard” is a spiritual journey through some of the greatest British and American choral masterpieces of the 20th century. The Purcell Singers, one of London’s leading chamber choirs, perform Barber’s majestic Agnus Dei, a choral arrangement of his Adagio for Strings, Howells’s moving Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, written to commemorate the death of John F Kennedy, Britten’s spectacular Five Flower Songs, which vividly paint floral pictures through his imaginative writing, and Whitacre’s stunning When David Heard, a profoundly emotional setting of a biblical text from the Second Book of Samuel. From the gentle plaintiveness of Elgar, through the radiant beauty of Lauridsen, to the heart-stopping climax of Whitacre, this is a selection of music that will charm and inspire. The Purcell Singers, formed in 1994, are delighted to present this disc in celebration of their 25th anniversary to share some of the best-loved works from the UK and the USA drawn from their many performances over the last quarter of a century.

“an exemplary group, perfectly balanced, warmly focussed and totally committed to this deliciously attractive music” - Gramophone

“excellent discipline and well blended ensemble under the guiding spirit of conductor Mark Ford”
- BBC Music

“a musical triumph.” - American Choral Review

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