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England My England

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge There is surely no more quintessentially English sound than that of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. This collection opens and closes with coronation music: Zadok the Priest was written for the crowning of George II in 1727, I was glad for that of Edward VII in 1902. In between are motets ancient and modern – from the miniature If ye love me and the architectural splendour of the 40-part Spem in alium, well-known psalms sung to Anglican chant and favourite hymns, notably All people that on earth do dwell, arranged ceremonially for another coronation, that of Elizabeth II. Come ye sons of art away is Purcell’s 1694 birthday ode for Queen Mary, Thou knowest, Lord part of the music he wrote for her funeral just nine months later. John Ireland’s Greater love hath no man is often heard on Remembrance Sunday; Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene made a powerful impression at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, while John Rutter’s small-scale, personal Requiem touched a wider public following the attacks of 11 September 2001. But ‘Nimrod’

above all epitomises music of national remembrance. Here a choral setting of it, Lux aeterna, represents our ‘Shakespeare of music’, Edward Elgar.

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