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Track(s) taken from CDA68013


First line:
The Lord's my shepherd
author of text
along with William Whittingham and others, Scottish Psalter 1650
author of text
along with Francis Rous and others, Scottish Psalter 1650

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Studio Master:
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Recording details: January 2013
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: January 2014
Total duration: 3 minutes 6 seconds

Cover artwork: Westminster Bridge (detail) by Samuel Scott (c1702-1772)
Private Collection / Agnew's, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London

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'The recording is first class. Engineer David Hinitt and producer Adrian Peacock have successfully captured the rich acoustics and yet achieved a clear reproduction of the voices and the mighty organ. Anyone who has ever been in Westminster Abbey should be overwhelmed by the lifelike sound picture. The generous programme is also finely contrasted … the quality of the singing is on a high level and Robert Quinney negotiates the organ accompaniments excellently' (MusicWeb International)» More
This famous metrical version of Psalm 23 first appeared in The Scottish Psalter of 1650, every word of which was weighed by a group of Protestant divines for its faithfulness to the Hebrew text. The tune Crimond—initially set to another set of words—owes its provenance to The Northern Psalter of 1872, where it is attributed to one David Grant who became a teacher in various Scottish schools before being appointed French Master at Oundle. His advanced views on education were shared and encouraged by the Liberal and Whig Prime Minister Earl Russell. However, it is likely that the melody was actually written by Jessie Seymour Irvine, the daughter of the parish minister at Crimond-the-Town, in north-east Aberdeenshire. This much-loved hymn, with its pastoral text and wistful melody, has been frequently sung at weddings and funerals for well over a century. It was sung in this arrangement at the marriage of HM The Queen.

from notes by The Revd Dr James Hawkey 2014

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