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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDP12105
Recording details: November 2003
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: August 2004
Total duration: 3 minutes 36 seconds

'The Wells Cathedral Choir again shows its stuff—and it's glorious … because of this choir's sturdy, full-bodied singing, both exuberant and reverent, and its natural, sensible, unaffected phrasing and enunciation. Hymn lovers need no encouragement or further discussion; these inspiring texts and timeless tunes speak for themselves' (

First line:
We have a gospel to proclaim
author of text

This immensely useful hymn arose out of the author’s involvement in the life of the Blackburn Diocese where he has served all his ministerial life. The Bishop of the Diocese made a call to mission to arouse the parishes to their responsibility in this field. The call centred on four meetings in every area in which were expounded the key elements of the Apostolic preaching, the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension. The hymn was written for these meetings with the four points being taken up in turn in the four inner verses. It was immediately seized upon for wider use and has become something of a standard hymn in our books.

The composer was a highly enthusiastic proponent of the works of the great classical German composers. He claimed that this tune was to be found in Beethoven somewhere, though where is a mystery, and despite many theories it has not been found. It is probably best thought of as being by Gardiner himself.

from notes by Alan Luff 2004

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