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Track(s) taken from CDA67020

Rejoice the Lord is king!

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On the Resurrection; Handel's Three Hymns from the Fitzwilliam Library, London, 1827; organ interludes from British Library Add.MS34999
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Psalmody, The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Recording details: September 1997
St Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: March 1998
Total duration: 7 minutes 17 seconds

Cover artwork: The Ancient of Days by William Blake (1757-1827)
The Whitworth Gallery, The University of Manchester
 
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Reviews

'Once again Peter Holman's scholarship offers a fascinating glimpse of a neglected repertoire' (BBC Music Magazine)

'An infectious CD bringing to life a neglected period and its forgotten music. What fun parish music must have been for the likes of Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, Blake or Thackeray' (Classic CD)
Handel’s great Easter hymn Rejoice, the Lord is King was never published in his lifetime and seems to have been unknown to the public at large until 1827, when Samuel Wesley published it from the autograph manuscript in the Fitzwilliam Museum in an arrangement for four-part choir and organ. In this performance we have tried to imagine how Wesley might have accompanied it in a London parish church. Timothy Roberts plays over the tune, improvising decorations, and plays interludes between the verses; the first is Wesley’s realization of Handel’s own interlude, but the rest are borrowed from a set written for Darwell’s 148th.

from notes by Peter Holman 1998

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