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Track(s) taken from CDA68047

A Song for St Cecilia's Day, Op 119

First line:
From harmony, from heav'nly harmony
composer
commissioned for the 1973 St Cecilia service; SATB divisi with organ
author of text
opening of A song for St Cecilia's Day

Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough (conductor), Matthew Searles (organ)
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Recording details: April 2013
Rochester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: November 2014
Total duration: 4 minutes 14 seconds

Cover artwork: Saint Cecilia by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)
Photograph by Martin Cheung for Friends of Historic Second Church / www.2ndpresbyterianfriends.org
 
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Reviews

'Gabriel Jackson's La Musique is attractive and beautifully imagined; this is another example of Jackson’s highly inventive ear for unaccompanied choral textures. The soprano solo line, which is a gift for a singer like Dame Felicity, contrasts with and complements the choral parts most effectively. The music is gorgeous, not least the soft, rapt conclusion … This is a most interesting and nicely varied programme of music. The singing is consistently fine. The choir’s blend is excellent and I admire very much the fresh tone that they produce. Rupert Gough, as we know from previous releases, trains his choir marvellously and this disc is another notable achievement. With Adrian Peacock and David Hinitt serving as producer and engineer respectively it’s no surprise that the recordings are excellent. Quite a few of these pieces will be unfamiliar to many collectors, which adds to the attraction of this splendid disc' (MusicWeb International)» More
John Gardner—another composer with a distinguished career in education—was commissioned to write for the 1973 festival, perhaps following the huge popularity of his 1965 carol setting Tomorrow shall be my dancing day. Gardner sets the first section of John Dryden’s A song for St Cecilia’s Day with a long organ pedal and drifting ‘heavenly harmonies’ creating a stately atmosphere of reverence to the primordial power of music.

from notes by Rupert Gough 2014

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