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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: 2 minutes 19 seconds

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

San Rocco
First line:
Give me the wings of faith to rise
New Church Praise; NEH 225ii
author of text

Isaac Watts, known as the father of the English hymn, published this hymn in 1707. It expresses powerfully the continuity of the life of the saints in heaven and that of the Church on earth, without underestimating any of the hardships of our life. The tune for this hymn needs to soar with the words. This richly textured, thoroughly modern tune was written by Derek Williams when he was organ scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, for the choir to sing at a service in 1968 in Lichfield Cathedral, commemorating Bishop Selwyn, the founder of the college. The composer named the tune in recollection of a visit to the Scuola San Rocco in Venice, with its many Tintoretto paintings.

from notes by Alan Luff 1999

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