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Track(s) taken from CDA68013

All my hope on God is founded – Michael

First line:
All my hope on God is founded
1930; tune originally entitled A Hymn Tune for Charterhouse; re-named Michael, in memory of the composer's son, and published in The Clarendon Hymn Book, in 1936; NEH 333
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Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
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Recording details: January 2013
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: January 2014
Total duration: 3 minutes 26 seconds

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

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Wells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)


'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
The composer Herbert Howells lost a son, Michael, in childhood, and a number of his compositions were deeply affected by that bereavement. However, no memorial from his hand stands more firmly than this tune that bears his son’s name. Robert Bridges based the words of the hymn on one by Joachim Neander. In it he leads us through the ‘changes and chances of this fleeting world’ towards the new things that God has in store for us, with a wonderful point of affirmation in the two short lines towards the end of each verse, picked up by the tune. This was written in about 1930, at the request of Dr Thomas Fielding, for use in the school chapel at Charterhouse. The composer said that he received the request by the morning post and wrote the tune over breakfast. It remained in public-school use only until it burst into popularity in the churches with its inclusion in 1969 in the supplements to The Methodist Hymn Book and Hymns Ancient and Modern.

from notes by Alan Luff © 1999

Other albums featuring this work

The English Hymn, Vol. 1 - Christ Triumphant
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