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Track(s) taken from CDA67576
Recording details: January 2006
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 5 minutes 29 seconds

'David Hill's Advent programme imaginatively mingles antiphons, carols, hymns and motets. Favourites alternate with relative rarities such as Edward Naylor's Vox dicentis: Clama, whose sumptuous sonorities unfold gloriously in the chapel's acoustic … the John's choir, fielding what sounds like a vintage crop of trebles, sings throughout with its trademark mixture of refinement and gutsy energy' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This recording holds some of the most exquisite choral singing I have ever heard. They must be one of the finest choirs in England. Not only is the technical standard dazzlingly high, but the readings are engaging, animated and sensitively shaped' (American Record Guide)

'Blend, balance, intonation and diction are all unfailingly top-drawer, and the choir's unanimity of phrasing and dynamic shading come across as something quite special … both engineering and annotation are well up to the same standard' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is a very fine disc indeed … the overall impression with which I’m left is one of great satisfaction and pleasure. The programme has been assembled with great imagination and the execution is well nigh flawless. When one adds in excellent and very atmospheric sound, first rate notes and texts and translations, it all adds up to a very distinguished package indeed. I shall be surprised if I encounter a finer CD of Christmas music this year' (MusicWeb International)

This have I done for my true love, H128
First line:
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
composer
Op 34 No 1
author of text
Traditional Cornish Carol, from Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern, ed William Sandys, 1833

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Holst Singers, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Gustav Holst (1874–1934) regarded This have I done for my true love (which he always referred to as ‘The Dancing Day’) as his finest partsong. It was written in 1916 for the first of the Whitsuntide Festivals that Holst organized in the parish church of Thaxted, the Essex village where Holst retreated to for long weekends to compose. In this venture he received the enthusiastic support of his friend Conrad Noel, vicar of Thaxted, a rather controversial figure whose philosophy combined, with original flair, High Anglicanism and flying the Red Flag from the church tower! Holst found the words of this old Cornish poem on the inside of the church door where Noel had pinned them. Threaded through the poem is the symbol of dance as a means of religious ritual and praise, as the words encapsulate the key events of the Gospels: Christ’s birth, baptism, temptation, betrayal, trial, crucifixion, descent into Hell, Resurrection and his Ascension in glory. Holst dedicated the work to Conrad Noel and it is commemorated by an inscription on one of the Thaxted church bells: ‘I sing for the general dance.’

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2006


Other albums featuring this work
'Holst: This have I done for my true love & other choral works' (CDH55171)
Holst: This have I done for my true love & other choral works
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