Top 10 British choral works

Gramophone Tue 11th November 2014

From Byrd to Tippett, with recommended recordings of each work

No 1

Byrd Masses

The Tallis Scholars / Peter Philips

(Gimmell)

'The sort of musical bliss which should never stop' Read review

No 2

Tallis Spem in Alium

Magnificat / Philip Cave

(Linn)

'This is quite the best performance of Spem in alium that I have heard' Read review

No 3

Handel Messiah

Dunedin Consort & Players / John Butt

(Linn)

'The playing is unerringly spontaneous' Read review

No 4

Stainer Crucifixion

Sols; BBC Singers; Leith Hill Festival Singers / Brian Kay

(Chandos)

'An unselfregarding and genuine performance' Read review

No 5

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

Sols; Hallé Choir and Orchestra / Mark Elder

(Hallé)

'The best-sounding Gerontius we have had' Read review

No 6

Howells Hymnus paradisi

Sols; RLPO and Choir / Vernon Handley

(Hyperion)

'A feeling for the dramatic quality in the score' Read review

No 7

Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Sols; LPO and Choir / Bernard Haitink

(Warner)

'Haitink's performance is outstanding' Read review

No 8

Walton Belshazzar’s Feast

Sols; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton

(Decca)

'A powerful account' Read review

No 9

Britten War Requiem

Sols; LSO and Chorus / Richard Hickox

(Chandos)

'Perhaps the most successful performance of all' Read review

No 10

Tippett A Child of Our Time

Sols; LSO and Chorus / Sir Colin Davis

(LSO Live)

'Very special' Read review

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