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Track(s) taken from CDA66618

Set me as a seal upon thine heart

composer
1938
author of text
Song of Solomon

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Recording details: July 1991
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1993
Total duration: 3 minutes 50 seconds
 

Other recordings available for download

Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Katie Matthews (soprano), Declan Corr (tenor), Jesus College Choir Cambridge, Mark Williams (conductor)

Reviews

'A rich feast indeed' (Gramophone)

'This is a lovely programme' (Organists' Review)
Saxton’s choral work At the round earth’s imagined corners was commissioned by Michael Kaye for the opening service of the City of London Festival held in St Paul’s Cathedral, 5 July 1992. The composer has written of the work:

The poem is a sonnet, with the normal break after the eight of the fourteen lines. The first part is set for nine-part a capella choir and begins over a pedal note A, the music representing the round earth and its imagined corners (the clashing B sung by the basses). It develops in dramatic fashion, the trebles at first representing the angels’ trumpets. The music, while being harmonically directional, is largely homophonic or ‘layered’. The second part matches Donn’s change of mood—the drama and vision of Resurrection give way to a personal prayer by the sinner. The choir is now in eight parts and the texture predominantly homophonic as the text moves from ‘But let them sleep Lord’ to the final ‘As if thou hadst sealed my pardon with thy blood’. The initial A of the anthem has flowered into full-blooded A major, representing the fulfilment and hope of salvation for which Donne pleads so powerfully and eloquently.
The anthem is dedicated to John Scott and the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, and to my partner Teresa Cahill, for whom St Paul’s means so much.

from notes by William McVicker 1992

Other albums featuring this work

My Beloved's Voice
Studio Master: SIGCD370Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Walton: Coronation Te Deum & other choral works
CDA67330
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