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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66374
Recording details: June 1989
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: June 1990
Total duration: 7 minutes 35 seconds

'Serene beauty that heals the spirit and calms the troubled soul. They sing with perfect unity and a rare vigour. Hyperion has captured the famed acoustics of St Paul's to perfection. There is no finer collection available' (American Record Guide)

I saw the Lord
composer
author of text
Isaiah 6: 1-4
translator of text

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Introduction
It is often said that I saw the Lord was written with the acoustics of St Paul's in mind. It is scored for double choir with an independent organ part. The music's drama is achieved by the simple, largely homophonic texture, and the interplay of the two chorus parts with that of the organ. Stainer breaks into an imitative texture at the words 'and the house was filled with smoke' and again in the final verse section, which is reminiscent of a Victorian part-song.

from notes by William McVicker 1990


Other albums featuring this work
'Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67557)
Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey

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