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Rejoice the Lord is king!
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On the Resurrection; Handel's Three Hymns from the Fitzwilliam Library, London, 1827; organ interludes from British Library Add.MS34999
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'Vital Spark of Heav'nly Flame' (CDA67020)
Vital Spark of Heav'nly Flame
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Track 14 on CDA67020 [7'17] Archive Service

Rejoice the Lord is king!
Handel’s great Easter hymn Rejoice, the Lord is King was never published in his lifetime and seems to have been unknown to the public at large until 1827, when Samuel Wesley published it from the autograph manuscript in the Fitzwilliam Museum in an arrangement for four-part choir and organ. In this performance we have tried to imagine how Wesley might have accompanied it in a London parish church. Timothy Roberts plays over the tune, improvising decorations, and plays interludes between the verses; the first is Wesley’s realization of Handel’s own interlude, but the rest are borrowed from a set written for Darwell’s 148th.

from notes by Peter Holman 1998

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Details for CDA67020 track 14
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ISRC
GB-AJY-98-02014
Duration
7'17
Recording date
12 September 1997
Recording venue
St Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
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  1. Vital Spark of Heav'nly Flame (CDA67020)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: March 1998
    Deletion date: May 2013
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