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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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As a composer, Charles Wood (1866-1926) exhibited ‘fastidious taste and fine scholarship’. Wood wrote most of his church music in his later years, and it seems only a matter of time before his larger choral works, and his chamber and orchestral music come under closer scrutiny. Wood was an important teacher at Cambridge University where he became Professor of Music in 1924 following Stanford’s death. He had been a pupil of Stanford’s at the Royal College of Music and perhaps suffered from being in that composer’s shadow.
Expectans expectavi was published in 1919. It is slightly unusual in its construction: it has a short but effective pianissimo coda, and a bar of silence before the build-up to the climax begins.
This sanctuary of my soul,
Unwitting I keep white and whole,
Unlatch'd and lit if Thou shouldst care
To enter or to tarry there.
With parted lips and outstretch'd hands
And List'ning ears Thy servant stands.
Call Thou early, call Thou late,
To Thy great service dedicate.
My soul, keep white, and whole.