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Save us, O Lord is probably Bairstow’s best-loved anthem. It was composed for the Festival of the Wigan and District Church Choral Asociation in November 1902, when the composer was organist of Wigan Parish Church. This relatively early composition shows his mastery of a seamless style in which the lines of music flow out of each other, best demonstrated in the opening organ introduction, the successive choral entries and in the compatibility of this style with the central fugato.
from notes by William McVicker © 1991
|The Evening Hour|
The choir of Jesus College Cambridge contemplates the hours that take us from day into night in a programme of works by English composers from the sixteenth and twentieth centuries.» More
|Bairstow: Choral Music|
'An excellent disc in regard both to the standard of performance and to the selection of Bairstow's music. And to that should be added straight away t ...
'His anthems and services … are treasured within the church. Their touch is sure, and their word-setting is impeccable … Bairstow could hard ...» More