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Track(s) taken from CDA67768

Into thy hands

1996; commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the canonization of St Edmund of Abingdon
author of text

Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor)
Recording details: June 2009
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2010
Total duration: 7 minutes 2 seconds

Cover artwork: Seated Angels with Orbs in their Hands (c1348-1354) by Ridolfo di Arpo Guariento (c1310-c1370)
Museo Civico, Padua, Italy / Alinari / Bridgeman Art Library, London

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'Dove's fresh, diatonic idiom is coupled to a matchless sense of word-setting … he writes most gratefully for the voice, with the intensity of Kenneth Leighton, the bravura of Britten and the timeless ecstasy of Tavener … the Wells choristers tackle everything with aplomb, élan and evident enjoyment' (Gramophone)

'Matthew Owens has clearly prepared the choir with scrupulous sensitivity, and conducts with an incisive freshness … Dove's music is splendidly effective and brightly expressive' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Wells is currently enjoying a superb top line, rewardingly displayed in this collection of Jonathan Dove's radiant choral works, including a first recording of his sparkling Missa Brevis' (The Observer)

'Wells must currently stand as England's finest cathedral choir, and its legacy of promoting contemporary church music will remain long after every treble voice here has become a baritone, tenor or bass … as it stands today, that top line has unfailing precision of pitch and unaffected beauty of tone, while the men possess the flexibility and collective musicianship to underlay that top line with impeccable textural clarity and satisfying tonal depth … few will not respond to the sparkling and angelic 'Wellcome, all wonders in one sight!' … while 'Run, shepherds, run!' … adds a moment of high drama, reminding us vividly of Dove's operatic credentials … this disc offers some moments of pure magic and many truly uplifting experiences' (International Record Review)

'Into thy hands, using as texts two 12th-century prayers, offers evidence that modern religious choral music need not descend into wince-inducing happy-clappy idiocy. Dove charms and beguiles us, and the performances by the Wells Cathedral Choir under Matthew Owens are faultless. There’s also the recording quality, with the cathedral acoustic offering just enough reverberance to give the voices a heavenly glow' (TheArtsDesk.com)
Into thy hands was commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the canonization of St Edmund of Abingdon (1175–1240), who was Canon Treasurer of Salisbury before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury. Dove was asked for an anthem which set words of St Edmund (he actually set two prayers) which would be sung in Pontigny Abbey in France where St Edmund is buried. Of the work Dove has written: ‘Knowing that it was a very resonant building, I imagined that the echo would be part of the piece, and set the first prayer spaciously, allowing for the sound of each phrase to reverberate. The second prayer talks of pilgrimage and eternity, and the music reflects this in a calm processional which does not reach an ending, but simply, in trust, surrenders itself.’

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2010

Into thy hands fut commandée par la cathédrale de Salisbury pour le sept cent cinquantième anniversaire de la canonisation de St Edmond d’Abingdon (1175–1240), chanoine trésorier de Salisbury puis archevêque de Cantorbéry. On demanda à Dove un anthem mettant en musique des textes de St Edmond (au vrai, de deux prières), destiné à être chanté en l’abbaye française de Pontigny, où le saint est inhumé. Voici ce qu’a écrit Dove à propos de cette œuvre: «Sachant que l’édifice était très résonant, j’ai imaginé que l’écho ferait partie de la pièce et j’ai fait de la première prière une mise en musique spacieuse, qui permet au son de chaque phrase de se réverbérer. La seconde prière parle de pèlerinage et d’éternité, ce que la musique traduit en un calme cantique processionnel qui n’atteint aucune conclusion mais se livre, en vérité, simplement.»

extrait des notes rédigées par Paul Spicer © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Into thy hands wurde von der Kathedrale von Salisbury zur Feier des 750. Jahrestags der Heiligsprechung von St. Edmund von Abingdon (1175–1240) in Auftrag gegeben, der kanonischer Schatzmeister von Salisbury war, bevor er zum Erzbischof von Canterbury ernannt wurde. Dove wurde um eine Hymne zu Worten von St. Edmund gebeten, komponierte jedoch zwei Gebete, die in der Abtei von Pontigny in Frankreich zu singen waren, wo St. Edmund begraben ist. Dove schrieb über das Werk: „Da mir das Gebäude als sehr resonant bekannt war, stellte ich mir das Echo als Teil der Komposition vor und vertonte das erste Gebet weiträumig, um dem Klang jeder Phrasierung Zeit für den Nachhall zu geben. Das zweite Gebet befasst sich mit Pilgertum und Ewigkeit, und die Musik reflektiert dies mit einer ruhigen Prozession, die kein Ende findet, sondern sich einfach vertrauensvoll ergibt.“

aus dem Begleittext von Paul Spicer © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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