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O clap your hands 'Psalm 47'

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Psalm 47

Of the broad straightforward choral style of O clap your hands (1920) Michael Kennedy remarks how apt it is to its purpose of ‘filling a great cathedral with joyous sounds’. It is however not quite as straightforward as all that in every respect: there are moments when choir and orchestra seem to be in untypical harmonic conflict (eg ‘Sing praises unto our King’). Mistake? No, VW evidently meant these clashes; and once we accept that they are meant, we can relish them the more keenly for their unexpectedness.

from notes by Christopher Palmer 1993


The Feast of the Ascension at Westminster Abbey
Vaughan Williams: Choral Works
CDS44321/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & other works


Track 7 on CDA67680 [3'08]
Track 11 on CDA66655 [3'07]
Track 11 on CDS44321/4 CD2 [3'07] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA67680 track 7

Recording date
26 June 2007
Recording venue
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Summerly
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. The Feast of the Ascension at Westminster Abbey (CDA67680)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: April 2008
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