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Track(s) taken from CDH55443

Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles

composer
Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets fit for Voyces or Viols, 1611, xxix; AATTBB
author of text
Psalm 117; translated by ? Richard Verstegan in The Primer, or Office of the blessed Virgin Marie, 1599

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Recording details: February 2001
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2002
Total duration: 3 minutes 12 seconds

Cover artwork: The Adoration of the Magi (tapestry made by William Morris & Co) by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)
Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Reviews

'Luminous with a sense of goodness and well-being, brightest and best of choral records for the last many months … a distinguished record' (Gramophone)

‘Fascinatingly diverse anthology … a tonal brightness and rhythmic vitality that sparkle with festive brilliance’ (BBC Music Magazine)

‘This series is the richest treasure trove an Anglican musician or English choral buff could hope to find. Texts and notes are an Anglophile’s dream. Sound is stunningly rich and ringing’ (American Record Guide)

‘The eclectic and thoughtful repertoire mix make for compelling listening … warmly recommended’ (Classic FM Magazine)

‘The choral tone is pleasant, the soloists are well chosen, and the recorded balance keeps everything in perspective’ (Fanfare, USA)

'Hurrah for John Scott and St Paul's, who with this wonderful CD remind all how glorious the Epiphany repertoire is … every piece is approached as if it were the finest thing ever written, and joy is taken in rendering the simple beautiful … let us rejoice at the richness of this programme' (Organists' Review)

‘Seventy-two minutes of utter bliss. This is a disc of St Paul’s and the Hyperion team at their best. Organ and choir make an impact and what a magnificent sequence of music! … this is one of the finest discs I have heard in a long time and I have not stopped playing it’ (Cathedral Music)

‘There is much of merit here, and those who collect St Paul’s and church music in general won’t go far wrong with this one’ (The Delian)
In the six-part anthem Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles, from the 1611 collection of Psalms, Songs and Sonnets, the vigorous rhythmic opening is replaced by gentler melodic outlines at the words ‘because his mercy is confirmed upon us’. This, in turn, gives way to new figures, both for ‘and his truth remaineth for ever’ and for the lengthy and dramatic ‘Amen’. Little wonder that Squire remarked that Byrd ‘seems rapidly to have made his way’ after his arrival in London.

from notes by William McVicker 2002

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