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Hyperion Records

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Photograph by Malcolm Crowthers.
Track(s) taken from CDA66655
Recording details: June 1993
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1993
Total duration: 7 minutes 46 seconds

'An enticing VW collection whose attractions are enhanced by Christopher Palmer's typically illuminating booklet notes' (Gramophone)

'Sit back and enjoy this VW concert of uncommon power and beauty … another luscious plum in the Hyperion catalogue' (Soundscapes, Australia)

Lord, thou hast been our refuge 'Psalm 90'
composer
1921
author of text
Psalm 90

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Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Paul Archibald (trumpet), Robert Quinney (organ)   NEW
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Introduction
Composed in 1921, Lord, Thou hast been our refuge combines a setting of Psalm 90 with Issac Watts’s metrical version of the same Psalm—O God, our help in ages past—and the fine tune ‘St Anne’, to which the latter is commonly sung. VW carries out this feat with typically unostentatious skill. The baritone soloist (sometimes a semi-chorus) starts the Psalm, chant-like; the full chorus enters with the hymn, pianissimo, as if in the distance, and the two proceed in tandem—always piano—until the first verse of the Hymn is finished. The full chorus then continues with the Psalm over a broad spectrum of homophonic texture. An instrumental transition, fugally based on ‘St Anne’, leads to a combined recapitulation / apotheosis—forte now—in which fugal derivations from ‘St Anne’ assume ever greater importance (‘And the glorious majesty of our Lord be upon us’). Vaughan Williams would certainly have been aware, in this context, of Bach’s so-called ‘St Anne’ Fugue, the first phrase of whose subject is identical with the first phrase of the ‘St Anne’ tune.

from notes by Christopher Palmer 1993


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