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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDP12101
Recording details: June 1999
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: November 1999
Total duration: 3 minutes 15 seconds

'The time spent listening to it has been delightful. Tone, enunciation, resourcefulness of arrangement and accompaniment, all are exemplary' (Gramophone)

Guiting Power
First line:
Christ triumphant, ever reigning
composer
Hymns for Today's Church
author of text

Introduction
Michael Saward, now a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, was one of the group around Michael Baughen which produced Youth Praise I (1966) and II (1969) and went on to become the very influential group that called themselves Jubilate Hymns. His words are big in their gestures, but repetitive and formulaic in style. Michael Baughen’s tune for the words emphasized that weakness. John Barnard’s majestic ‘Guiting Power’ sweeps the words up in a wide-ranging, flowing melody that creates from them a fine hymn. John Barnard is head of modern languages at the John Lyon School, Harrow, but is also well known as a fine choir director and composer. The tune is named after a village in Gloucestershire some six miles east of Cheltenham.

from notes by Alan Luff 1999

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