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Of flowers and emeralds sheen
composer
2004
author of text
A Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ, stanza 30
translator of text

Recordings
'Burgon: Choral Music' (CDH55421)
Burgon: Choral Music
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Details
Track 8 on CDH55421 [5'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Of flowers and emeralds sheen
Of flowers and emeralds sheen uses Roy Campbell’s flowing interpretation of the thirtieth stanza of A Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ, which encapsulates the coruscating intensity of St John’s original verse. Written for the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral in 2004 and dedicated to its then director of music, John Scott, Burgon’s unaccompanied four-part setting revels in the poem’s corporeal imagery. The ambiguity inherent in the words is reflected in the opening harmonies and the deliberate collision of two contrasting minor triads or minor seventh chords in the lower and upper voice parts. Burgon’s compositional strategy leads to a hypnotic solo setting of ‘Scorn not my humble ways’. It is hard to think of a more sensual conclusion to a sacred piece than that forged for Of flowers and emeralds sheen, or a text more suited to such treatment.

from notes by Andrew Stewart 2006

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67567 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-56708
Duration
5'06
Recording date
23 February 2006
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Burgon: Choral Music (CDA67567)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2006
    Deletion date: March 2010
    Superseded by CDH55421
  2. Burgon: Choral Music (CDH55421)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: March 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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