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Choral Folksong Arrangements

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listen  1. Bushes and BriarsLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Loch Lomond (1995 Digital Remaster)London Madrigal Singers/Ian Partridge/Christopher Bishop 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. John DoryLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. GreensleevesLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ward, the PirateLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ca' the YowesLondon Madrigal Singers/Ian Partridge/Christopher Bishop 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Unquiet GraveLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Seeds of LoveLondon Madrigal Singers/Geoffrey Shaw/Christopher Bishop 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Early in the SpringLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Turtle DoveLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Keyte/Christopher Bishop 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. An Acre of LandLondon Madrigal Singers/Susan Longfield/Christopher Bishop 1:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Five English Folk Songs: 1. The Dark Eyed SailorLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Five English Folk Songs: 2. The Spring Time of the YearLondon Madrigal Singers/Ian Partridge/Christopher Bishop 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Five English Folk Songs: 3. Just as the tide was flowingLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Five English Folk Songs: 4. The Lover's Ghost (Well met, my own true love)London Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Five English Folk Songs: 5. Wassail SongLondon Madrigal Singers/Christopher Bishop 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Homecoming, H.120 (1995 - Remaster)Baccholian Singers of London 6:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Hymns from the Rig Veda - 4th Group, Op.26/H.100 (1995 - Remaster): III. Hymn to ManasBaccholian Singers of London 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Eight Canons, H.187 (1995 - Remaster): 3. The Fields of SorrowBaccholian Singers of London 1:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Eight Canons, H.187 (1995 - Remaster): 4. David's Lament for JonathanBaccholian Singers of London 1:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Eight Canons, H.187 (1995 - Remaster): 6. Truth of All TruthBaccholian Singers of London 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Six Choral Folk Songs, H.136 (1995 - Remaster): 4. The Song of the BlacksmithBaccholian Singers of London 1:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Six Choral Folk Songs, H.136 (1995 - Remaster): 1. I sowed the seeds of loveBaccholian Singers of London 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Six Choral Folk Songs, H.136 (1995 - Remaster): 3. Matthew, Mark, Luke and JohnBaccholian Singers of London 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Six Choral Folk Songs, H.136 (1995 - Remaster): 5. I love my loveBaccholian Singers of London 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Six Choral Folk Songs, H.136 (1995 - Remaster): 6. Swansea TownBaccholian Singers of London 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0018OAP3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the series of British Composers, Vaughan Williams & Holst with the Choral Folksong Arrangements of London Madrigal Singers with Christopher Bishop and the Baccholian Singers of London.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Presbyteros on January 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is one disk of a previous EMI release of a double CD of folk song arrangements by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Warlock, Elgar, Britten, and others. The current edition contains the more desirable tracks. The Vaughan Williams tracks first appeared on a "Seraphim" LP about 1975.

Vaughan Williams' partsong arrangments are some of the best secular pieces in choral literature. Each one tells a story, frequently with different voice parts as characters (but not in a corny way). The part writing is exquisite. The "Five English Folk Songs" are frequently sung by college choirs, and I once sang "The Turtle Dove" as an audition piece.
The recorded performance ranks as one the the best recordings of small choir that I have ever heard. Veteran EMI producer Christopher Bishop called up some of the best British voices of the 1960s and 70s, called them the "London Madrigal Singers" and lead them through performances that cannot be bettered. This is music that can easily go wrong with too heavy a hand, or the "wrong" aesthetic. British good taste (admittedly not to everyone's liking) prevails, but it is not in the least "twee". Christopher Bishop produced some of the Adrian Boult Vaughan Williams sessions which makes him perfectly tuned in to the style. Ian Partridge (the finest "under the radar" tenor I have ever heard), Geoffrey Shaw, Christopher Keyte and Susan Longfield are the soloists, taken from the choir. This is the kind of choir (and the probably the same singers)that would show up as the "Louis Halsey Singers" on Argo recordings. Absolutely first rate.

The Holst tracks are well done, but a little problematic. The "Baccholian Singers of London" are a small all male group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R Laroya on September 23, 2012
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I picked up a vinyl copy of this many years ago. I was glad to see that it had finally come out in CD form. The English Folk Songs are very well done.
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This is an enjoyable CD. I did not realize that it is, in fact, the compilation of two cassettes, The first half of the disk contains exactly what I was looking for. I consider the second half to be a bonus.
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