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Jubilate 'Utrecht', HWV279
written for the Peace of Utrecht, 7 July 1713
author of text
Psalm 100

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Movement 1: O be joyful in the Lord
Movement 2: Be ye sure that the Lord he is God
Track 12 on CDH55359 [2'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 2 on HYP20 CD1 [2'19] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
Movement 3: O go your way into his gates
Movement 4: For the Lord is gracious
Movement 5: Glory be to the Father

Jubilate 'Utrecht', HWV279
In the years after its opening, St Paul’s was regularly used for the celebrations of Marlborough’s military victories over the French. Purcell’s Te Deum and Jubilate continued to be performed, but in 1709 William Croft wrote a more up-to-date setting for a thanksgiving service after the Battle of Malplaquet (recorded on Helios CDH55252), with an orchestra of two oboes, two trumpets and strings, and a larger, more expansive structure, with a greater emphasis on fully developed separate movements. Handel seems to have taken Croft’s work as the immediate model for the Te Deum and Jubilate he wrote for the Peace of Utrecht in 1713, though it is likely that he also knew the Purcell Te Deum. The Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate was first heard at a public rehearsal in the cathedral on 5 March 1713, when a newspaper reported that ‘many Persons of Quality of both Sexes’ attended, and that the music was ‘much commended by all that have heard the same, and are competent Judges therein’. The peace negotiations dragged on, and the thanksgiving eventually took place on 7 July.

The Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate was a turning point in Handel’s career, as it was for English church music. It was the first major piece of religious music Handel wrote to English words, and it is the earliest choral work by him that remained in the repertory: it was performed in St Paul’s during the annual Festival of the Sons of the Clergy every other year (alternating with the Purcell Te Deum) until 1743, when it was replaced by Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum. Although it needs only one more instrument than the Croft setting—a solo flute—it is more spacious in its conception and more varied in its material. Indeed, it is particularly attractive because it is so varied: it ranges through F sharp minor, A minor, F major, D minor, C major and G minor as well as the expected ceremonial D major, and a surprising amount of it explores introspective areas of feeling. The Jubilate is a much shorter text than the Te Deum, so it allowed Handel to expand the size of his movements, and to demand more virtuosity from his vocal and instrumental soloists. He reworked the Jubilate in about 1717/18 for the much smaller forces available in the Duke of Chandos’s chapel at Cannons near Edgware in Middlesex.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1998

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Details for HYP20 disc 1 track 2
Movement 2: Be ye sure that the Lord he is God
Recording date
17 October 1997
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's (CDA67009)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: May 1998
    Deletion date: June 2008
    Superseded by CDH55359
  2. Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's (CDH55359)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: July 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2 (HYP20)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: October 2000
    Deletion date: October 2010
    2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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