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Our Lady with the Infant Jesus riding on a Lamb, with St John by William Blake (1757-1827)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Crown Copyright
Track(s) taken from CDH55414
Recording details: July 1990
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Chris Sayers
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1991
Total duration: 3 minutes 28 seconds

'Compelling' (Classic CD)

'The Lamb alone is worth the price of this disc' (Fanfare, USA)

The Lamb
First line:
Little lamb, who made thee?
composer
author of text

Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Sir John Tavener (conductor)
Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Lamb, a short carol to the famous poem by William Blake, was composed in a rush of inspiration and sent immediately to the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for inclusion in the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols, as well as to Martin Neary, the director at the time of the Choir of Winchester Cathedral, who gave the first performance on 22 December 1982. The music is built on a simple melodic idea and its inversion; the simple but ambiguous chord (in ascending order, the notes A, C, G, B), symbolizing for the composer the simultaneity of joy and sorrow, would appear again and again in his later music.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2014


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