Polyphony (choir)

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Polyphony is a small English choir formed by Stephen Layton for one particular concert put on in King's College, Cambridge in 1986. They have released many critically acclaimed recordings, the most recent of which is Esenvalds - Passion & Resurrection. They record and perform a wide range of music mainly on Hyperion Records. Every year they perform Handel's Messiah and Bach's St John Passion in St John's Smith Square to sell-out audiences. Many of their recordings have been Gramophone editor's choice.

Including many talented musicians such as Tom Williams (English counter tenor), Polyphony have performed many times in the BBC Proms and performed works by John Tavener on his 60th Birthday in the Barbican as part of its Great Performers series. They have also premiered and released prominent recordings of the music of Arvo Pärt.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 At Twilight: Chorale Music by Percy Grainger and Edvard Grieg Percy Grainger, Edvard Grieg; Polyphony, Stephen Layton, David Wilson-Johnson, Paul Agnew 2
1996 Jungle Book Grainger; John Mark Ainsley, David Wilson-Johnson, Polyphony, Stephen Layton 2
1996 O magnum misterium Polyphony, Stephen Layton 2
1997 Requiem John Rutter; Polyphony, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Stephen Layton 2
1998 Berliner Mass / Magnificat / Seven Magnificat Antiphons / De Profundis / The Beatitudes Arvo Pärt; Polyphony, Stephen Layton 2
2001 Music for Christmas John Rutter; Polyphony, City of London Sinfonia, Stephen Layton 1
2002 Coronation Te Deum and other choral music William Walton / Polyphony / The Wallace Collection / Stephen Layton 1
2003 Triodion Arvo Pärt; Polyphony, Stephen Layton 3
2004 A Christmas Present From Polyphony Polyphony, Stephen Layton 1
2005 Lux aeterna Morten Lauridsen; Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton 2
2006 Cloudburst and Other Choral Works Eric Whitacre; Polyphony, Stephen Layton 5 2
2007 Nocturnes Morten Lauridsen; Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton 1
2008 Gloria / Motets Poulenc; Susan Gritton, Polyphony, Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton 1
2009 Via Crucis Paweł Łukaszewski; Britten Sinfonia, Polyphony, Stephen Layton 1
2009 Not no faceless Angel Gabriel Jackson; Polyphony, Stephen Layton 1
2009 Messiah, HWV56 Handel; Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton 1
2011 Passion and Resurrection Ēriks Ešenvalds; Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton, Carolyn Sampson 1
2014 Motets Karl Jenkins; Polyphony, Stephen Layton 1

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