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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Songs of Sunset (1992 Remastered Version): A song of the setting sun (Quietly) -Sir Charles Groves/Dame Janet Baker/John Shirley-Quirk 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Songs of Sunset (1992 Remastered Version): Cease smiling, dear! (with easy movement) -Sir Charles Groves/Dame Janet Baker/John Shirley-Quirk 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Songs of Sunset (1992 Remastered Version): Pale amber moonlight falls (Slow)Sir Charles Groves/Dame Janet Baker/John Shirley-Quirk 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Songs of Sunset (1992 Remastered Version): Exceeding sorrow consumeth my sad heart (Con tristezza. Not too slow) -Sir Charles Groves/Dame Janet Baker/John Shirley-Quirk 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Songs of Sunset (1992 Remastered Version): By the sad waters of separation (with quiet movement)Sir Charles Groves/Dame Janet Baker/John Shirley-Quirk 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Songs of Sunset (1992 Remastered Version): See how the trees (Freshly) -Sir Charles Groves/Dame Janet Baker/John Shirley-Quirk 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Songs of Sunset (1992 Remastered Version): I was not sorrowful (Very quietly but not too slow) -Sir Charles Groves/Dame Janet Baker/John Shirley-Quirk 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Songs of Sunset (1992 Remastered Version): They are not long, the weeping and the laughter (Quietly)Sir Charles Groves/Dame Janet Baker/John Shirley-Quirk 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Arabesque (1992 Remastered Version)Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves/John Shirley-Quirk/Liverpool Philharmonic Choir11:46Album Only
listen10. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), First Part: I. 'O Du Mein Wille!' (Animato, Con Fervore)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), First Part: II. 'Erhebt Eure Herzen' (Recit: Animoso, Con Alcuna Licenza)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves 1:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), First Part: III. 'In Dein Auge Schaute Ich Jüngst' (Andante Tranquillo Con Dolcezza)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves14:06Album Only
listen13. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), First Part: IV. 'Wehe Mir!' (Agitato Ma Moderato)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), First Part: V. 'Nacht Ist Es' (Andante Molto Tranquillo)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves 9:00$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), Second Part: Auf Den Bergen (On The Mountains) (Andante) (Orchestra)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), Second Part: I. 'Herauf! Nun Herauf!' (Con Elevazione E Vigore)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), Second Part: II. 'Süße Leier!' (Andante)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), Second Part: III. Lento (Orchestra) -Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), Second Part: 'La La La'Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves15:28Album Only
listen  6. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), Second Part: IV. 'Heißer Mittag Schläft' (Lento Molto)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves14:46Album Only
listen  7. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), Second Part: V. 'Gottes Weh Ist Tiefer' (Allegro Ma Non Tropp, Con Gravità) -Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Mass Of Life (1992 Remastered Version), Second Part: VI. 'Kommt! Laßt Uns Jetzo Wandelnl' (Largo, Con Solennità)Heather Harper/Helen Watts/Robert Tear/Benjamin Luxon/London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves13:53Album Only


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Fantasy Quartet Op. 25Britten Quartet13:20Album Only
listen  2. String Quartet 'in Gloucestershire' (No. 3): I. With easy and flexible movementBritten Quartet 9:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. String Quartet 'in Gloucestershire' (No. 3): II. Fairly quick, but always rhythmicalBritten Quartet 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. String Quartet 'in Gloucestershire' (No. 3): III. Slow in pace, with much feelingBritten Quartet 9:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. String Quartet 'in Gloucestershire' (No. 3): IV. Allegro vivace, assai ritmicoBritten Quartet 8:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. String Quartet: I. With animationBritten Quartet 8:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. String Quartet: II. Quick and lightlyBritten Quartet 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. String Quartet: III. 'Late Swallows' (Slow and wistful)Britten Quartet 9:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. String Quartet: IV. Very quick and vigorouslyBritten Quartet 5:44$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Hymnus Paradisi: I. Preludio (orch. only) -Heather Harper/Robert Tear/Bach Choir/King's College Choir, Cambridge/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hymnus Paradisi: II. Requiem aeternam (chorus, soprano)Heather Harper/Robert Tear/Bach Choir/King's College Choir, Cambridge/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks 9:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Hymnus Paradisi: III. The Lord is my shepherd (sop, ten, chorus)Heather Harper/Robert Tear/Bach Choir/King's College Choir, Cambridge/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks 7:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hymnus Paradisi: IV. Sanctus/I will lift up mine eyes (chorus, sop, ten)Heather Harper/Robert Tear/Bach Choir/King's College Choir, Cambridge/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks 9:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hymnus Paradisi: V. I heard a voice from heaven (ten, chorus, sop)Heather Harper/Robert Tear/Bach Choir/King's College Choir, Cambridge/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Hymnus Paradisi: VI. Holy is the true light (chorus, sop, ten)Heather Harper/Robert Tear/Bach Choir/King's College Choir, Cambridge/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks 9:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Concerto for String Orchestra (1999 Remastered Version): I. Allegro, assai vivace - Lento, doloroso - Vivo, come primaDennis Simons/Robert Growcott/John Chambers/Alexander Cameron/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult10:04Album Only
listen  8. Concerto for String Orchestra (1999 Remastered Version): II. Quasi lento (teneramente) - Lento assai (appassionato)Dennis Simons/Robert Growcott/John Chambers/Alexander Cameron/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 8:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Concerto for String Orchestra (1999 Remastered Version): III. Allegro vivo (ritmico e giocoso) - Ancora poco meno mosso - Brioso - Come prima - Lento, dolente ma dolceDennis Simons/Robert Growcott/John Chambers/Alexander Cameron/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 9:31$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. My beloved spake (1995 Remastered Version)King's College Choir, Cambridge/James Lancelot/Sir David Willcocks 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I sing of a maiden (1985 Remastered Version)King's College Choir, Cambridge/Francis Grier/Sir Philip Ledger 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Hills: Prologue: Along the Old Manchester Coach Road (Andante con moto - Lento) [bass, chorus]Felicity Palmer/Robert Tear/Robert Lloyd/Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Hills, I. The Hills in Spring: 'We are the Hills' (Moderato - Vivace ma non troppo) - [chorus]Felicity Palmer/Robert Tear/Robert Lloyd/Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger 1:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Hills, I. The Hills in Spring: 'From Chinley Churn and Rushup Ridge' - [chorus, soprano, tenor]Felicity Palmer/Robert Tear/Robert Lloyd/Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger 1:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Hills, I. The Hills in Spring: 'Now climb, climb on aloft' (Molto moderato - Presto) [soprano, tenor, chorus]Felicity Palmer/Robert Tear/Robert Lloyd/Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Hills: II. Interlude: In Taxal Woods (Andante tranquillo) [tenor, soprano]Felicity Palmer/Robert Tear/Robert Lloyd/Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger 6:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Hills, III. Wedding: 'Clatter poo, billy bally' (Giocoso) - [chorus]Felicity Palmer/Robert Tear/Robert Lloyd/Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Hills, III. Wedding: 'Hail the bride and bridegroom, and farewell!' (Molto moderato - Vivace non troppo - Molto moderato) - [chorus, soprano, tenor]Felicity Palmer/Robert Tear/Robert Lloyd/Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Hills, III. Wedding: 'Do I wake or dream?' (Poco più mosso - Allegro agitato) [bass]Felicity Palmer/Robert Tear/Robert Lloyd/Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger 5:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Hills: Epilogue: The Hills by Moonlight (Lento tranquillo - Andante con moto - Lento tranquillo) [chorus, soprano, tenor]Felicity Palmer/Robert Tear/Robert Lloyd/Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Britten Quartet
  • Conductor: Sir Charles Groves, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger
  • Composer: Delius, Howells, Hadley
  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B004MSRDNI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Quiet Reviewer on November 18, 2013
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This entry in EMI's box sets of "British Composers" is devoted to the choral and chamber music of composers who might justifiably called minor: classical music audiences will be familiar with Frederick Delius, but most outside of the British isles will be unfamiliar with Herbert Howells or Patrick Hadley. Never fear. These five CDs contain music that is well worth hearing. If these works don't scale the heights of better-known composers, they are still enjoyable and rewarding to listen to.

The lynchpin of the set is Delius' "Mass of Life," which is having something of a revival these days. (Naxos recently released a new recording, and there have been several prominent performances in 2012-13. Naxos has also graciously made the libretto available on their website, which is worth looking up since this set dispenses with the sung texts.) On the surface, there is something odd about Delius, who wrote the most gentle pastoral music possible, setting a text by Friedrich Nietzsche about the will to power and the rejection of conventional morality. But "Also sprach Zarathustra," which makes up the sung text of the Mass, uses an enormous amount of nature imagery; Delius also manages to use dance rhythms to catch the ecstasy of life that Nietzsche wants us to embrace. Nor does Delius ignore the darker undertone of the work, all of which is drawn out lovingly by Sir Charles Groves and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a reading that rivals Sir Thomas Beecham's (and in far better sound). It may be heretical, but I can't help thinking Delius came a lot closer to the spirit of Nietzsche than Richard Strauss did in his tone poem based on the same work.
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