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Gramophone is moved by “In Remembrance”

Gramophone Magazine Reviews The Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and William Vann’s In Remembrance:

“As a chorister in the 1960s I can still remember the lines of the British Legion who would parade up to the village church and the war memorial to hear the names of the dead read out. My memories of those chilly, solemn November Sunday mornings are still vivid. They were occasions charged with deep emotion and remembrance which the music of this CD animates only too readily. … The sounds of Parry’s Jerusalem, Charles Harris’s O valiant hearts and Gustav Holst’s setting of Cecil Spring Rice’s ‘I vow to thee my country’ are almost unbearably moving. Directed by William Vann, the Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, with its clear, ringing tone, provides beautifully nuanced performances, especially of the a cappella items, Stanford’s numinous introit Justorum animae, Parry’s six-part ‘There is an old belief’ and Elgar’s elegiac They are at rest. …”

—Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone Magazine