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When David heard

composer
author of text
after 2 Samuel 18: 33

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Recording details: March 2010
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: February 2011
Total duration: 5 minutes 17 seconds

Cover artwork: Engraving of James I.
Westminster Abbey Library / Copyright Dean and Chapter of Westminster
 
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When David heard  [5'17]

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Reviews

'This is good singing, and many choirs would envy the tight ensemble, impeccable intonation and crystal-clear diction, not to mention the unfailingly excellent solo voices drawn from the ranks of the choir' (International Record Review)

'At the heart of the sequence lie Tomkins's deeply expressive When David heard and Then David mourned, pieces in which the tension of the dissonances is relished by James O'Donnell's Westminster Abbey singers more fully than is often the case with English Choirs' (The Irish Times)
Tomkins probably wrote this piece as a lament for Henry, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne of Britain, who died while still in his teens in 1612. Thereafter the work lived a double life: church choirs sang it, but Tomkins himself published it in a set of madrigals, made for use by solo voices to sing at home.

from notes by John Milsom 2013

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