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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: 9 minutes 33 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)

Blessed city, heavenly Salem
composer
1914
author of text
Urbs beata Hierusalem
translator of text
Hymns Ancient and Modern 396

Other recordings available for download
St John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor), Paul Provost (organ)
Introduction
Blessed City, heavenly Salem exemplifies two characteristics of Bairstow's choral music: an attention to detail in his organ parts, and the use of a plainsong theme, in this case Urbs beata. Bairstow's music is a curious and fascinating mix of Brahmsian harmony with plainsong, Elizabethan and Jacobean musical influences. The bold opening of this work eventually gives way to unison passages for trebles, then tenors and basses. A short organ interlude leads to the climactic central section before a longer interlude heralds the final portion of the work scored for chorus and treble solo.

from notes by William McVicker 1990


Other albums featuring this work
'Bairstow: Choral Music' (CDA67497)
Bairstow: Choral Music

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