English Mystics

Donald Macleod considers how for at least four centuries, mystical thought and ideas have become woven into English music.

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With examples from John Taverner (c1495-1545) to John Tavener (1944 to the present), Donald suggests that composers' transcendent aspirations have been crucial to the evolution of English music.

Vaughan Williams: Antiphon (from Five Mystical Songs)

Corydon Singers

English Chamber Orchestra

Matthew Best (conductor)

Taverner: O Splendor Gloriae

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers (conductor)

Tallis: Tunes from Archbishop Parker's Psalter (excerpt)

Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (director)

Stanford: To the Soul (from Songs of Faith, Op 97)

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

BBC Scottish SO

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi

Nobuko Imai (viola)