I saw the Lord

author of text
Isaiah 6: 1-4
translator of text

It is often said that I saw the Lord was written with the acoustics of St Paul's in mind. It is scored for double choir with an independent organ part. The music's drama is achieved by the simple, largely homophonic texture, and the interplay of the two chorus parts with that of the organ. Stainer breaks into an imitative texture at the words 'and the house was filled with smoke' and again in the final verse section, which is reminiscent of a Victorian part-song.

from notes by William McVicker © 1990


The English Anthem, Vol. 1
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Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey


Track 14 on CDA67557 [7'15]
Track 1 on CDA66374 [7'35] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66374 track 1

Recording date
29 June 1989
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Anthem, Vol. 1 (CDA66374)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 1990
    Deletion date: March 2008
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