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Track(s) taken from CDA68167

This worldes joie

First line:
Winter wakeneth all my care
13 March 1922; published in 1923; SSAATTBB unaccompanied; first performed by the Philharmonic Choir and Charles Kennedy Scott at Queen's Hall on 5 June 1924; dedicated to William Gillies Whittaker
author of text
circa 1300

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
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Recording details: February 2016
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: February 2017
Total duration: 6 minutes 41 seconds

Cover artwork: Westminster Abbey, Morning Sun in the South Ambulatory (Watercolour on paper 22 ins x 30 ins). Alexander Creswell (b1957)
© Alexander Creswell 2016

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‘It’s good to see Bax’s comparatively neglected anthems getting some attention’ (Gramophone)

‘A superb achievement … the choral singing is of the highest standard … a special word must be reserved for sub-organist Daniel Cook, who accompanies throughout with impeccable musicianship and sensitivity’ (Choir & Organ)» More

‘The boy choristers … grasp their moment with a confident display of crystalline tonal quality, an informed awareness of textual meaning, and the ability to vary dynamics convincingly’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

‘James O’Donnell and his Westminster Abbey forces have delivered a more than worthy … disc’ (Limelight, Australia)» More

‘[This worldes joie] is a chromatic piece and its complexity must make it ferociously difficult to sing. Indeed I can only wonder at the sheer technique of these singers … the singing is splendid with superb impact en masse … recording in the very ample, highly reverberant acoustic of Westminster Abbey must present significant challenges to performers and engineers alike … Hyperion's engineers have recorded the choir in this acoustic several times in the past to much acclaim. They succeed here as well … a pleasant listening experience’ (MusicWeb International)

'Er zit veel Engelse schoonheid in deze opname. Het koor van Westminster Abbey klinkt fraai in de ruime akoestiek van de beroemde kapel, een belangrijk deel van de charme van deze opname … je moet er van houden' (Luister, Netherlands)» More
Although Arnold Bax’s main reputation resides in his instrumental music, notably in the cycle of large-scale symphonies he wrote between 1921 and 1939, his a cappella works have a fecundity which places them at the very summit of unaccompanied English choral music of the twentieth century. His fascination with the colour and symbolism of medieval religious poetry began with his masterpiece, Mater ora filium, a set of choral variations, composed in 1921, which set a structural precedent for the two works that followed, This worldes joie (1922) and I sing of a maiden that is makeless (c1923) for both explore elaborate processes of strophic variation. A decidedly gloomy essay, This worldes joie is characterized by its sighing chromatic lines announced in the first verse (‘When it cometh in my thought, Of this world’s joy’), but the sense of desolation gains in intensity with the introduction of an ostinato in the third verse (‘All goeth bote Godes will’) which accompanies the opening theme in augmentation. The motet was dedicated to William Gillies Whittaker, who certainly performed the work with his renowned Newcastle Bach Choir, though the first performance was given by Charles Kennedy Scott and the Philharmonic Choir at Queen’s Hall on 5 June 1924.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2017

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