David Hill’s recording of the Delius Mass of Life on Naxos with The Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and soloists Janice Watson, Catherine Wyn -Rogers, Andrew Kennedy and Alan Opie has won Choc of the Year from French magazine Classica. More …
“Beechams’s famous recording is more than 50 years old, and this new one, from Naxos has splendid modern sound, a thrilling choir and orchestra, and, in David Hill, a conductor no less devoted to Delius than his more celebrated predecessor” Classical CD of the Week, The Sunday Times, 10 June 2012.
“David Hill’s impressive new recording with his Bach Choir (in the original German) boasts confident, ardent choral singing and orchestral playing, and a strong solo team. “ **** BBC Music Magazine
“David Hill launches the opening O du mein Wille! with terrific gusto, the chorus and orchestra responding with thrilling impulse and intensity… it is good to welcome such a stirring and perceptive interpretation of [Delius’] work.” ***** The Telegraph
David Hill’s recording of Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas and Dona Nobis Pacem has been shortlisted for the 2010 Gramophone Award in the Choral category. All will be revealed on October 1. http://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2010/choral
The present performance is magnificent…For newcomers to these glorious works I can only urge you to invest confidently in David Hill’s interpretations.
Music Web Bargain of the Month. May 2010
Hill and his massed forces …are captivating from the start.
International Record Review May 2010
David Hill’s disc of Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Sancta Civitas has been chosen as Disc of the Week on BBC Radio 3’s prestigious CD Review programme on Saturday July 3. Described as ‘Magnificent’ (Musicweb) and ‘Captivating’ (International Record Review) the disc is part of an ongoing series of English Choral Music that Hill is recording for Naxos. On the disc he conducts The Bach Choir, of which he is Musical Director (a post previously held by Vaughan Williams himself) and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where he is Associate Guest conductor, along with soloists Christina Pier, Andrew Staples and Matthew Brook as well as the Choristers and Quiristers of Winchester Cathedral.
“David Hill directs both these works with a strong sense of their overall shape. Dramatic as they are, it is the sense of each as a symphonic journey that emerges most strongly, and convincingly.” 5* Stephen Johnson BBC Music Magazine, May 2010