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Hyperion Records

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St Paul's Cathedral from the terrace of Old Somerset House (detail) by William James (1730-1780)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55359
Recording details: October 1997
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 1998
Total duration: 14 minutes 11 seconds

'A disc well worthy of its subject' (Gramophone)

'Warmly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A very fine demonstration of the English choral tradition at its best' (Classic CD)

'Invigorating and uplifting, this is a disc to raise the lowest and most jaded of spirits' (Fanfare, USA)

'Highly recommendable for an excellent programme beautifully performed' (Organists' Review)

I was glad when they said unto me
Anthem for the Peace of Ryswick and the opening of St Paul's Cathedral, 2 December 1697
author of text
Psalm 122: 1-3, 6, 7

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In 1694 Henry Purcell wrote his famous D major Te Deum and Jubilate with strings and trumpets. The work seems to have been first performed during the 1694 St Cecilia celebrations, but Thomas Tudway wrote that this ‘Noble Composition, the first of its kind in England’ had actually been composed ‘principally against the opening of St Pauls’. It was repeated in the 1697 service, by which time Purcell was dead, so it fell to his colleague John Blow to write a new anthem for the occasion. I was glad when they said unto me is a setting of the text Bishop Compton took for his sermon during the service, and is scored for the same orchestra as the Purcell. It also follows the Purcell in consisting of a patchwork of short, contrasted sections, though there are also two self-contained solos, the expressive duet ‘One thing have I desired’ and the florid solo with two trumpets ‘The king shall rejoice’.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1998

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