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Lo, the full, final sacrifice, Op 26

1946; STB soli, SATB divisi + organ; festival anthem; commissioned by the Reverend Walter Hussey
author of text
Hymns of St Thomas Aquinas: Adoro Te and Lauda Sion salvatorem

Gerald Finzi (1901–1956) was determined to become a composer from his boyhood. He was educated privately, studying music with Ernest Farrar, Sir Edward Bairstow and later with R O Morris with whom Sir Adrian Boult advised him to take a course of lessons in counterpoint. Finzi was not unaware of musical developments on the continent of Europe in the 1920s, but, perhaps like Howells, he decided to forge his own harmonic language culled from the rich leagacy of Parry, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Literature played an important part in Finzi’s life, and he amassed a considerable library of material; some of the poetry contained therein was to surface as the texts for his compositions. As a composer he worked very slowly, even the shortest song might take years to complete. Lo, the full, final sacrifice, Op 26, was first performed in 1946 on 21 September at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, and was commissioned by the Rev Walter Hussey for the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of the consecration of that church. It was orchestrated in 1947 and was performed in that version at the Three Choirs’ Festival in Gloucester on 12 September, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.

from notes by William McVicker 1991


English Choral and Organ Music
CDH55009Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 2
CDA66519Archive Service


Track 8 on CDH55009 [15'30] Archive Service
Track 11 on CDA66519 [16'34] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66078 track 8

Recording date
3 March 1983
Recording venue
Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Sumsion, Howells & Finzi: Choral & Organ Music (CDA66078)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: January 1990
    Deletion date: May 1999
    Superseded by CDH55009
  2. English Choral and Organ Music (CDH55009)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: May 1999
    Deletion date: July 2008
    Archive Service
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