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Two Haloed Mourners (Fragment from The Burial of St John the Baptist) by Aretino Spinello (active 1373-died c1410)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55436
Recording details: June 1996
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: February 1997
Total duration: 2 minutes 44 seconds

'This is one of the most impressive discs I can recall from this choir' (Fanfare, USA)

In Exitu Israel 'Psalm 114'
First line:
When Israel came out of Egypt
composer
1929
author of text
Psalm 114

Introduction
The same straightforward approach seen in The Lamentation can be found in Bairstow’s setting of Psalm 114 In Exitu Israel, where the conventional Anglican psalm-chant undergoes modification with dramatic results. In this case a single chant undergoes a series of variants. These include the dramatic fortissimo at the words ‘Tremble, thou earth’, together with a 32-foot pedal reed stop and the unusual treatment of the words ‘springing well’. This psalm-chant first appeared in the York Minster chant book in 1929. One of Bairstow’s favourite devices is employed to good effect in both The Lamentation and Psalm 114—that of a sudden excursion into the flats: in The Lamentation the key of A flat major was used at the words ‘Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us’, and in Psalm 114 this takes the form of an unexpected harmonic shift at the words ‘What ailest thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest’.

from notes by William McVicker 1997

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