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Track(s) taken from CDP12103

On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry – Winchester New

First line:
On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
adapted from a chorale in the Musikalisches Hand-Buch, Hamburg, 1690; NEH 12
author of text
translator of text

Wells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)
Recording details: June 2002
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2002
Total duration: 2 minutes 58 seconds


'The voices are magnificent; likewise the organ. The whole record is a delight' (Gramophone)

'There is nothing in this collection that is not worth hearing and much to treasure' (Cross Rhythms)
John the Baptist is a key figure in the Advent period, with his message of preparation for the greater one who is to follow him. It is astonishing to record that Latin hymns for the daily services of the Church have been written from the fourth century onward, and that some of the best were written by Charles Coffin, Rector of the University of Paris from 1718. These were taken up a hundred years later by those who, like John Chandler, the Vicar of Witley in Oxfordshire, were eagerly searching for a calmer, less emotional hymnody after what they saw as the excesses of the Evangelical Revival. The hymn moves strongly from John’s call to our response, as we recognize our need.

The tune is the descendant through many mutations of a melody in a Hamburg tune book of 1690, and in one of its manifestations collected its name from George Whitfield in 1754.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002

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