Everyday Rather Live in Classics Eras

Gramophone’s Top 10 British choral works

From Byrd to Tippett, with recommended recordings of each work

No 1

Byrd Masses

The Tallis Scholars / Peter Philips

(Gimmell)

‘The sort of musical bliss which should never stop’

No 2

Tallis Spem in Alium

Magnificat / Philip Cave

(Linn)

‘This is quite the best performance of Spem in aliumthat I have heard’

No 3

Handel Messiah

Dunedin Consort & Players / John Butt

(Linn)

‘The playing is unerringly spontaneous’

No 4

Stainer Crucifixion

Sols; BBC Singers; Leith Hill Festival Singers / Brian Kay

(Chandos)

‘An unselfregarding and genuine performance’

No 5

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

Sols; Hallé Choir and Orchestra / Mark Elder

(Hallé)

‘The best-sounding Gerontiuswe have had’

No 6

Howells Hymnus paradisi

Sols; RLPO and Choir / Vernon Handley

(Hyperion)

‘A feeling for the dramatic quality in the score’

No 7

Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Sols; LPO and Choir / Bernard Haitink

(Warner)

‘Haitink’s performance is outstanding’

No 8

Walton Belshazzar’s Feast

Sols; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton

(Decca)

‘A powerful account’

No 9

Britten War Requiem

Sols; LSO and Chorus / Richard Hickox

(Chandos)

‘Perhaps the most successful performance of all’

No 10

Tippett A Child of Our Time

Sols; LSO and Chorus / Sir Colin Davis

(LSO Live)

‘Very special’