Various ‎– Sound An Alarm! The Fifth Festival Of 1,000 Welsh Male Voices

BBC Records And Tapes ‎– REC 267
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Soldiers Chorus From 'Faust'
Composed By – Gounod*
A2 Serenade From 'The Fair Maid Of Perth'
Arranged By – Idloes OwenComposed By – Bizet*
A3 Jacob's Ladder
Composed By – Traditional
A4 The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy
Composed By – Traditional
A5 Dafydd Y Garreg Wen
Arranged By – John Peleg-Williams*Composed By – Traditional
A6 The Martyrs Of The Arena
Lyrics By – J.S. Stallybrass*Music By – Laurent De Rille
B1 Sound An Alarm! From 'Judas Maccabaeus'
Arranged By – Harold NobleComposed By – Handel*
B2 Lily Of The Valley
Composed By – Traditional
B3 Take Me Home
Music By, Lyrics By, Arranged By – Rod Edwards, Roger Hand
B4 Pilgrims Chorus From 'Tannhäuser'
Composed By – Wagner*
B5 Pant Y Fedwen
Arranged By – Llifon Hughes-JonesLyrics By – W. Rhys NicholasMusic By – M.E. Evans
B6 Gwahoddiad
Arranged By – John Tudor DaviesLyrics By – Gwyllt*Music By – Gan Lewis Hartsough*

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Recorded by: BBC Transcription Services.

Litho Origination - T.P.S. London.

A Triumvirate production.

Cassette - ZCM 267

© BBC 1977
℗ 1977

Made and printed in England

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February 22, 2014

I came into possession of this record from a large box of LP's and 45's from my local charity shop (that's a thrift shop). The box was filled with a lot of budget records, sound-a-likes, classical albums, easy listening compilations, religious music but included the odd interesting record. The intention was to submit each record (still in progress) to Discogs, give it a quick spin and see if it was worth keeping, selling or turning into a coaster. Most of the box was like I said, a mix of boring trash but I pulled out this bright green sleeve, laid the heavy black disc on the table and set it going. I didn't even get to the B side, before I decided that this was going to become part of my collection. I have also digitized the record and it is now part of my digital music library.

About the music. As you might guess this is Choral music, no instruments so to speak just a choir. But this isn't a choir of say 10 people, or even 20. This is supposedly 10,000 voices (comprising of various choirs), all singing in unison. This comes together to create a very powerful and haunting sound. All tracks were recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London in October 1976 giving it a strange audible texture. I understand that Choral music is a complete niché, and I can't say I have any other records like this in my collection, but damn this record is good.

There are 12 tracks in total, a selection of traditional Welsh folk songs, hymns and chants. But the track that sounds out the best to me is The Martyrs of the Arena. It starts out extremely powerful, and then slowly builds up and down. Another track is the haunting Dafydd Y Garreg Wen.

[This is a section of a review I posted on Reddit for this album]