[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 25 July 2000
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'This is a worthy Millennium tribute to the musicians of St Paul's. A disc to treasure' (Organists'Review)
'An awe-inspiring sound' (Classic FM Magazine)
There has been a choir at St Paul's Cathedral for over nine hundred years and this special-price CD has been compiled to celebrate the wonderful musical tradition from the famous London landmark. The music on this disc is taken from the many recordings in the Hyperion catalogue - with one exception. There's a wideness in God's mercy (track 10) was specially recorded. The tune, Corvedale, is by Maurice Bevan who sang bass in the St Paul's Choir for many years.
The 2nd of December 1697 saw the opening of Christopher Wren's great cathedral following the destruction of the first (wooden) one in the Great Fire of London in 1666. John Blow, then Master of the Choristers, wrote his anthem I was glad when they said unto me to be sung at this grand occasion. He was assisted by his pupil Jeremiah Clarke, who was to become the first official Organist of the new cathedral. It is fitting therefore that this selection begins with that fine anthem.
SIR HUBERT PARRY I was glad;
CHARLES STEWART The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23);
FELIX MENDELSSOHN I waited for the Lord;
BALFOUR GARDINER Evening Hymn; WILLIAM MATHIAS Let the people praise Thee, O God;
MARCEL DUPRÉ Placare Christe servulis, Op 38/16;
HERBERT HOWELLS Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (St Paul's Service);
GREGORIO Allegri Miserere;
JOHN RUTTER God be in my head; SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in C;
HYMNS Dear Lord and Father of mankind; The day Thou gavest;
There's a wideness in God's mercy; Immortal, invisible