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Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem

Building a Library recommends the best recording of Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem.

Alexandra Coghlan for Building a Library recommends the best recording of Vaughan Williams's plea for peace, tolerance and understanding written in 1936, his Dona Nobis Pacem.

The piece is on a huge scale, scored for soloists, chorus and large orchestra, in six continuous parts, and the phrase Dona nobis pacem "Give us peace" recurs throughout; a theme with perennial relevance.

Recommended recording:

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Toward the Unknown Region

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Dona Nobis Pacem; Four Hymns; Toward The Unknown Region; O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47); Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Judith Howarth (soprano), Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Matthew Souter (viola), Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)


Other recommended recordings:

Below is a shortlist of other recordings which Alexandra also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs.

Bryn Terfel (baritone), Yvonne Kenny (soprano), Philip Langridge (tenor), London Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Richard Hickox (conductor)


Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), John Carol Case (Baritone), Christopher Hyde-Smith (Flute), London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Chorus, Orchestra Nova, Philharmonia Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor), Malcolm Sargent (conductor)


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48 minutes


Role Contributor
Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

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