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St Denio
First line:
Immortal, invisible, God only wise
composer
NEH 377, adapted from a Welsh song
composer
last verse harmony and descant
author of text

Recordings
'Praise to the Lord' (CDH55036)
Praise to the Lord
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55036  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Music of St Paul's Cathedral' (SPCC2000)
The Music of St Paul's Cathedral
Buy by post £4.50 SPCC2000  Super-budget price sampler  
Details
Track 4 on CDH55036 [2'45] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 12 on SPCC2000 [2'45] Super-budget price sampler

St Denio
During his lifetime, the Scottish poet and preacher Walter Chalmers Smith (1824–1908) wrote much verse including the sacred poem Immortal, invisible, God only wise. Smith studied at Marischal College in Aberdeen and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in 1841. He then entered the Ministry and became a Free Church minister in Glasgow and Edinburgh between 1862 and 1894. A collection of his works was published in 1902.

The version of the tune ‘St Denio’ in use today was adapted from a Welsh song set to a hymn in John Roberts’ Caniadau y Cussegre, a collection of hymns published in 1839. John Roberts (1822–1877), a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist preacher, had a great influence on Welsh musical life, introducing the music of Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn to Welsh choirs and also a number of German chorale tunes.

from notes by Sarah Langdon 1999

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Details for SPCC2000 track 12
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-03604
Duration
2'45
Recording date
3 February 1989
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Praise to the Lord (CDH55036)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: September 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  2. Praise to the Lord (CDH88036)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 1989
    Deletion date: September 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Superseded by CDH55036
  3. The Music of St Paul's Cathedral (SPCC2000)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: July 2000
    Super-budget price sampler
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