CHOIR OF KING'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE: THE COMPLETE ARGO RECORDINGS (29 CDS)
“Under his direction they achieve a purity of tone, perfection of blend, and security of intonation rarely heard elsewhere” Gramophone
“It is a matter for speculation whether David Willcocks is one man or several men –all equally dedicated to the greater glory of music in all its parts. Whether as conductor, organist, or don, everything he does bears the hallmark of superb professionalism and careful scholarship” Gramophone
King’s College Choir are the most famous choir in the world. This set of the complete Argo recordings celebrates David Willcocks’ tenure from 1957-1973 and includes some of the most beautiful choral music sung with the choir’s trademark richness and purity of sound.
Included are many of the choral greats –Bach’s St John Passion, Tallis’ Spem in Alium, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and Roy Goodman in the most famous recording of Allegri’s Miserere - all in the glorious acoustics of King’s College Chapel.
Six of these albums are released on CD for the first time – David Willcocks’ 1964 Festival of Lessons & Carols and Tye Masses and four albums from Boris Ord, David Willcocks’ predecessor. Willcocks’ St John Passion is also released on CD internationally for the first time (was previously released in the UK only).
Notes are by John Rutter (fellow arranger of Christmas Carols with Willcocks), Roy Goodman (treble in Allegri’s Miserere), Francis Warner (choral scholar under Boris Ord), Simon Eadon (Decca Engineer) and Ronald Corp (composer, conductor and choral specialist).
Bach, J S:
Motet BWV227 'Jesu, meine Freude'
St John Passion, BWV245
Ave verum Corpus
Mass for three voices
Mass for four voices
Mass for five voices
The Burial Service
Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4
Chandos Anthems Nos. 1-11
Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76
Mass, Hob. XXII:11 in D minor 'Nelsonmesse'
Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet'
Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II
Mass 'The Western Wynde'
Gloria in D major, RV589
The Choir of King’s College Cambridge, David Willcocks