A Voice from Heaven - new recording
TKC’s new recording "A Voice from Heaven" presents fourteen of the finest unaccompanied British choral masterpieces of the last 125 years.
It contains a fascinating mix of familiar and unfamiliar works, and includes five 'paired' but contrasting settings: William Harris's classic 1959 Bring us, O Lord God is partnered by James Macmillan's 2010 version of the same text; Herbert Howells' devastatingly poignant Take him, earth, for cherishing (written in memory of the slain President J F Kennedy) is juxtaposed with John Tavener's 2008 response to the same text; Justorum animae (‘The souls of the righteous’) is heard in versions by Lennox Berkeley and Charles Villiers Stanford, with a tenderly melodious setting, in English, by Herbert Murrill; plangent settings of Drop, drop, slow tears come from Kenneth Leighton and a recent composition by Thomas Hewitt Jones; and Stanford's beautifully crafted I heard a voice from Heaven is coupled – and totally contrasted – with Herbert Howells' exquisite, mystical setting of the same words. The collection is completed with three impressive single works: Hubert Parry's valedictory Lord, let me know mine end, William Harris's acknowledged masterwork Faire is the Heaven, and a powerful recording of John Tavener's extraordinary Song for Athene, which sprang to global fame when performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales: after five subdued sections of resigned calm, the triumphant final stanza that ends the disc comes as a stunning sonic sunburst. The video recorded live at the sessions, containing an informative commentary is on Vivat’s YouTube channel VivatMusicLive https://youtu.be/6TWwMicdDSg
"This could well be the finest choral disc of this year" (The Classical Reviewer)
"Recording of the Month" (MusicWeb International)
"Rich, lushly romantic" (The Observer)
"Some of the finest choral singing around … superb blend … intelligently and fascinatingly planned" (PlanetHugill)