Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Click cover art to view larger version
Track(s) taken from CDA68013

I heard the voice of Jesus say – Kingsfold

First line:
I heard the voice of Jesus say
adapted from an English folksong
verse 2 arrangement
author of text
after Matthew 11: 28

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Jonathan Brown (bass), Robert Quinney (organ)
Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Studio Master:
Studio Master:
Recording details: January 2013
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: January 2014
Total duration: 2 minutes 37 seconds

Cover artwork: Westminster Bridge (detail) by Samuel Scott (c1702-1772)
Private Collection / © Agnew's, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The recording is first class. Engineer David Hinitt and producer Adrian Peacock have successfully captured the rich acoustics and yet achieved a clear reproduction of the voices and the mighty organ. Anyone who has ever been in Westminster Abbey should be overwhelmed by the lifelike sound picture. The generous programme is also finely contrasted … the quality of the singing is on a high level and Robert Quinney negotiates the organ accompaniments excellently' (MusicWeb International)» More
Horatius Bonar (1808–1889), began writing hymns as a missioner at Leith, north of Edinburgh. After the devastating Disruption of the Church of Scotland in 1843 he became a Free Church of Scotland minister. Bonar was an avid writer of evangelical tracts, and had a great ministry among children. He was known for being intensely pastoral in his outlook, and in 1862 published God’s Way of Peace: a Book for the Anxious which was translated into three languages and sold over a quarter of a million copies in his lifetime. Ironically, he never heard his own hymns sung in his own church in Edinburgh, as his was one of the Free Church congregations to oppose the introduction of hymns! I heard the voice of Jesus say (based on Matthew 11: 28) was written in 1846, during what must have been an intensely stressful and painful time for Bonar himself in the immediate years after the 1843 schism.

The tune Kingsfold is an old English folksong of uncertain origin and date. First published in English Country Songs (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E Broadwood and J A Fuller Maitland, Vaughan Williams arranged it for The English Hymnal of 1906, supposedly having heard it in the village of Kingsfold, near Horsham in West Sussex.

from notes by The Revd Dr James Hawkey © 2014

Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...