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Festival Te Deum in E, Op 32
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This great hymn of praise is one of the four canticles prescribed (two are sung at any given Matins), and has attracted the imagination of many composers. Benjamin Britten wrote two settings. This Festival Te Deum was composed in 1944 for the choir of St Mark’s Church, Swindon. The opening section ‘We praise thee, O God’ creates an almost trance-like, unworldly effect as the unison voices sing in apparently free time against strictly regular organ chords decorated with pseudo-Baroque ornaments. At ‘Thou art the King of glory’ the music abruptly changes character; now it is driving and rhythmic and the organ part kinetic. The trebles reach a climactic high B at ‘in glory everlasting’, and then the music quickly subsides into the dreamy atmosphere of the opening. The next few lines of the text are taken by a treble soloist, who briefly re-emerges at the very end (‘let me never be confounded’) to bring the canticle to a serene conclusion.

from notes by James O'Donnell © 2008

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Details for CDH55445 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-43910
Duration
6'31
Recording date
19 July 1990
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Hear my prayer (CDA66439)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: June 1991
    Deletion date: December 2010
    Superseded by CDH55445
  2. Hear my prayer (CDH55445)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: July 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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