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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67576
Recording details: January 2006
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 4 minutes 44 seconds

Lo! He comes with clouds descending
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Charles Wesley’s inspiring words for Lo! He comes with clouds descending were based on verses by John Cennick. Thomas Olivers derived the tune from a country dance, itself possibly by Thomas Arne, which he heard whistled in the street. This appeared in John Wesley’s Select Hymns with Tunes Annext under the name ‘Olivers’ in 1765, and four years later Martin Madan in his Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes produced a revised version called ‘Helmsley’. Vaughan Williams reharmonized it for the first edition of The English Hymnal, and the descant is by Christopher Robinson, Director of Music at St John’s from 1991 to 2002.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2006

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