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February Fill Dyke (1881) by Benjamin Williams Leader (1831-1923)
Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery
Track(s) taken from CDH55170
Recording details: October 1988
St Paul's School for Girls, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1989
Total duration: 3 minutes 23 seconds

'The performances here are wonderfully responsive. The individual voices seem perfectly attuned to the special colouring of Holst's music' (Gramophone)

Nunc dimittis, H127
composer
1915; composed for Richard Runciman Terry and the choir of Westminster Cathedral who gave the first performance in Easter Sunday 1915; not published until 1979 (edited by Imogen Holst)
author of text
Luke 2: 29-32

Other recordings available for download
St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Introduction
The unaccompanied Nunc dimittis, H127, was written in 1915 and remained in manuscript form until 1979 when a published edition appeared, revised by the composer’s daughter, Imogen Holst. For soprano and tenor soloists and unaccompanied eight-part choir, the piece was written for Richard Terry, then organist of Westminster Cathedral. It was first performed liturgically on Easter Sunday, 1915, after which it was totally forgotten. The first performance of the revised version was given by the BBC Singers under Stephen Wilkinson on 11 June 1974 in Framlington Church.

Holst was passionate about the music of Byrd and Palestrina, which is clearly shown here in the modal writing, and the way the male and female voices of the choir answer each other antiphonally as, for example, at the words ‘Lumen ad revelationem gentium’. The piece was originally composed in B flat, although for the revised version recorded here the music was transposed down a semitone to A. It makes a fitting conclusion to this recital of wonderful but little-known music whose current neglect is as baffling as it is inexcusable.

from notes by Julian Haylock 1989


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'Epiphany at St Paul's' (CDH55443)
Epiphany at St Paul's
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'Panis angelicus' (CDA66669)
Panis angelicus
'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
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