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Hyperion Records

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St Paulís Cathedral, the proposed new high altar (1948) by Reginald Kirby
Track(s) taken from CDA68058
Recording details: May 2013
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell
Release date: August 2014
Total duration: 6 minutes 5 seconds

'It's thrilling to hear much-loved works by Stanford and Walmisley so well sung, together with less familiar pieces by Alan Gray, Michael Tippett and Charles Wood. Andrew Carwood and the St Paul's Cathedral Choir pay scrupulous attention to the tiniest of details, so that every word and note come across as something precious and sacred. The wonderfully colourful accompaniments of organist Simon Johnson are, by turns, both dramatic and lyrical. This is choral singing at its finest; in every way, listening to this glorious CD is a heavenly experience' (Gramophone) » More

'St Paul's Cathedral Choir gives us here a really fine and outstandingly sung collection of canticles, some of them quite familiar and others decidedly not. In addition, 'canticles' does not refer only to the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis; we also hear settings of the Benedicite, the Te Deum and the Jubilate' (International Record Review) » More

Jubilate
composer
2012; to the Patron of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; first performed by the choirs of St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, under Andrew Carwood, in St Paul's Cathedral on 21 November 2012
author of text
Psalm 100

Jubilate  [6'05] Macaronic

Introduction
Alec Roth (b1948) was born near Manchester and is of German-Irish descent. He studied music at the University of Durham, and gamelan at the Academy of Indonesian Performing Arts in Surakarta, Central Java. He was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Royal Festival Hall Gamelan Programme and Southbank Gamelan Players, Music Director of the Baylis Programme at English National Opera and Composer in Association at Opera North before moving entirely to freelance work.

His Jubilate was commissioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund for the annual St Cecilia Service and first performed by the combined Choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, under the direction of Andrew Carwood, in St Paul’s Cathedral on 21 November 2012. The text uses both Latin and English and the music is celebratory in character. It is particularly written with the resonant acoustics of St Paul’s in mind and makes use of frequent rests to punctuate the music. The Latin text is set first, followed by a contrasting section in which the trebles trumpet out the English text over a dancing accompaniment in the lower voices; the opening music returns briefly to end the work on a joyful note.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2014

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