Recordings

In Terra Pax

Martin

Matthias Bamert
London Philharmonic Orchestra

An ambitious choral work commissioned by Swiss Radio in 1944 to commorate the hoped for peace after the end of World War II. Rarely performed, Gramophone welcomed the recording a distinguished addition to Martin’s output.

Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien

Debussy

Jacques Mercier
Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

Award winning recording based on a five-act musical mystery play on the subject of Saint Sebastian, early Christian saint and martyr, this recording was awarded "Le Choc" by the French magazine Le Monde de la musique.

Mass of the Sea Op47

Mass of the Sea Op47

Patterson

Geoffrey Simon
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Written for the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival in 1983, Patterson’s Mass is warmly and immediately communicative, making an imaginative and welcome addition to the choral repertoire, fully exploring the composer’s love of the sea.

Missa Brevis

Kodály

László Heltay
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (organ)

A recording with a special resonance for the Chorus having been rehearsed and conducted by the BFC Music Director who had been a pupil of Kodaly when a music student in Budapest.

Requiem

Verdi

Owain Arwel Hughes
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Verdi's Requiem is one of the most famous and enthralling settings of the Requiem Mass, often labelled an opera in all but name. This recording was made in St Paul’s Cathedral – a fitting setting for such a monumental work.

Symphonic Mass

Lloyd

George Lloyd
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

A remarkable work which fits perfectly into the great British choral-orchestral tradition of the 20th century, yet it was written as recently as the early 1990s.

Symphony No. 1 'Gothic'

Symphony No. 1 ‘Gothic’

Havergal Brian

Martyn Brabbins
BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The massive and rarely heard Symphony No 1 was recorded from the Proms in 2011. Performed by seven choirs and two orchestras, the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales it was a tour de force for performers and audience alike.

Symphony No. 2 'To October'

Symphony No. 2 ‘To October’

Shostakovich

Vladimir Ashkenazy
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Song of the Forests
(part of 12 CD set 'Shostakovich - The Symphonies')

The one movement 2nd Symphony orchestra and chorus was presented to the public in 1927 and was intended as a musical celebration to mark the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution. The second piece was written to celebrate the forestation of the Russian Steppes following the end of of World War II.