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Track(s) taken from CDA66758
Recording details: June 1994
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1995
Total duration: 8 minutes 53 seconds

'A rich feast here … a magnificent choir' (Gramophone)

'A memorable record of some of the best 19th- and 20th-century church music' (Methodist Recorder)

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

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Paul Archibald (trumpet), Robert Quinney (organ)   October 2014 Release
Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
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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'Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & other works' (CDA66655)
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