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The Piper Window, Coventry Cathedral.
Track(s) taken from CDH55307
Recording details: February 1984
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1986
Total duration: 7 minutes 47 seconds

Festival Te Deum in E, Op 32
First line:
We praise thee, O God
composer
1944; first performed on 24 April 1945; composed for the centenary festival of St Mark's Church, Swindon
author of text
Book of Common Prayer

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Jeremy Budd (treble), St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This great hymn of praise is one of the four canticles prescribed (two are sung at any given Matins), and has attracted the imagination of many composers. Benjamin Britten wrote two settings. This Festival Te Deum was composed in 1944 for the choir of St Mark’s Church, Swindon. The opening section ‘We praise thee, O God’ creates an almost trance-like, unworldly effect as the unison voices sing in apparently free time against strictly regular organ chords decorated with pseudo-Baroque ornaments. At ‘Thou art the King of glory’ the music abruptly changes character; now it is driving and rhythmic and the organ part kinetic. The trebles reach a climactic high B at ‘in glory everlasting’, and then the music quickly subsides into the dreamy atmosphere of the opening. The next few lines of the text are taken by a treble soloist, who briefly re-emerges at the very end (‘let me never be confounded’) to bring the canticle to a serene conclusion.

from notes by James O'Donnell © 2008


Other albums featuring this work
'Hear my prayer' (CDH55445)
Hear my prayer
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55445  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Feast of Ascension at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67680)
The Feast of Ascension at Westminster Abbey

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