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Track(s) taken from CDA66678

O thou, the central orb

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St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Recording details: July 1993
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1994
Total duration: 4 minutes 31 seconds
 

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Reviews

'The choir sing with their customary splendour and assurance' (Gramophone)
Charles Wood (1886-1926) wrote a considerable amount of church music and most of it is still in use today simply because it is well written and enjoyable to sing. Much of it is skilfully crafted, and this is amply demonstrated in the anthem O Thou, the central orb where the organ part which accompanies the melody sung by the basses shows careful handling of the chromatic counter-melody.

Wood spent much of his life in Cambridge at the University and wrote the chimes for the Gonville and Caius College clock. Like Stanford, Wood collected and published Irish folksong (both were Irish), and he succeeded Stanford to the post of Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge in 1924. Wood only began church music towards the end of his life and much of it was published posthumouly. In his earlier years he composed much larger works for stage, oratorios, and three string quartets.

from notes by William McVicker 1994

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