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Track(s) taken from CDA66618
Recording details: July 1991
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1993
Total duration: 8 minutes 44 seconds

'A rich feast indeed' (Gramophone)

'This is a lovely programme' (Organists' Review)

Give unto the Lord, Op 74
composer
1914
author of text
Psalm 29, adapted

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Worcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Written in February 1914, Give unto the Lord was immediately published by Novello. It was first heard in a version for chorus and orchestra at the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy at St Paul’s Cathedral on 30 April 1914, and was consequently dedicated to Sir George Martin, the organist of St Paul’s.

Elgar responds to the words of Psalm 29 with vigour and powerfully contrapuntal choral writing, but with a gentle central interlude at the words ‘In His Temple’. Eventually Elgar returns to the music of the opening but ends with the words ‘the blessing of peace’. As these words are, uniquely, repeated and given added emphasis by being echoed round the choir, one has to wonder whether Elgar had any inkling in April 1914 of what was to be.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2007


Other albums featuring this work
'Elgar: Cathedral Music' (CDH55147)
Elgar: Cathedral Music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55147  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works' (CDA67593)
Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works

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