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Track(s) taken from CDA66678
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: 16 minutes 40 seconds

'The choir sing with their customary splendour and assurance' (Gramophone)

Hear my words, ye people
composer
1894; for the Festival of the Salisbury Diocesan Choral Association
author of text
author of text
Psalm 150 (metrical setting)

Other recordings available for download
St George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
Introduction
Hear my words, ye people was composed for the Festival of the Salisbury Diocesan Choral Association and first performed in Salisbury Cathedral on 10 May 1894. This extended anthem was meant to be sung by a large gathering of parish choirs and so the choral-writing had to be straightforward, particularly since rehearsal time for the combined choirs would be limited. The more technically demanding music was therefore reserved for the soprano and baritone solos, and the especially fine organ part. The soprano solo is particularly charming, but the most memorable part of the anthem is the final section where Parry provided a stirring tune for Sir Henry Baker’s metrical version of Psalm 150, ‘O praise ye the Lord’. This tune and text have subsequently come to be closely linked as a popular hymn. The passages for semichorus in the final section of the anthem were, one imagines, intended to be sung by the Cathedral Choir, the resultant contrast of choral sonorities being suggestive of a vocal ‘concerto’.

from notes by John Heighway 1988


Other albums featuring this work
'Parry: Sacred Choral Music' (CDA66273)
Parry: Sacred Choral Music
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