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Track(s) taken from CDP12103

It is a thing most wonderful – Herongate 'In Jesse's City'

First line:
It is a thing most wonderful
'In Jesse's City', traditional English melody
'Herongate'; NEH 84
author 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 55 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)
The Passion of Jesus invokes both the intense emotion of the last hymn and the child-like wonder of this. Walsham How possessed that rare gift of being able to communicate with children, and was known as ‘the children’s bishop’. Simple though its thoughts are, they are entirely to the point; the hymn is carefully crafted as a child’s meditation on the Cross.

The wrong tune could destroy this hymn: the thoughtful simplicity of a folk tune has been found to serve it well. Herongate is a place near Ingrave, Essex, where Vaughan Williams collected the tune in 1903.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002

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