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Hough * Vaughan William: Hough Missa Mirabilis

Magazine article Gramophone

Hough * Vaughan William: Hough Missa Mirabilis

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Hough * Vaughan William

Hough Missa mirabilis Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem (a) (a) Sarah Fox sop (a) Christopher Maltman bar Colorado Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Andrew Litton

Hyperion (F) CDA68096 (55' * DDD * T/t)

Hard on the heels of Robert Spano's impressively polished Atlanta account of Dona nobis pacem comes this rival--and, to my ears, markedly more involving version from Denver. Not only does Andrew Litton draw a terrifically agile response from his combined Colorado Symphony forces, he masterminds a reading which in its expressive urgency, arresting conviction and dramatic bite grabs the listener from the word go. At 3'06" in 'Beat! beat! drums!' (tr 2) just listen to the way those fearsome bass-drum thwacks so graphically echo Whitman's text ('So strong you thump O terrible drums'), and how majestically Litton paces the lofty processional that is 'Dirge for Two Veterans', its lump-in-the-throat resolution--where softly elegiac bugle calls yield to the choir's unforgettably compassionate last line, 'My heart gives you love'--so deeply affecting here. Sarah Fox's hugely imploring, memorably refulgent contribution puts me in mind of her towering display on Richard Hickox's superb recording of Kenneth Leighton's sublime Sinfonia mistica (Chandos, 1/09); Christopher Maltman, too, sings with unstinting integrity and intelligence, while Simon Eadon's engineering boasts striking impact, spread and amplitude. …

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