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Track(s) taken from CDA67576

Lo! He comes with clouds descending

descant to last verse
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St John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor), Paul Provost (organ)
Recording details: January 2006
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 4 minutes 44 seconds


'David Hill's Advent programme imaginatively mingles antiphons, carols, hymns and motets. Favourites alternate with relative rarities such as Edward Naylor's Vox dicentis: Clama, whose sumptuous sonorities unfold gloriously in the chapel's acoustic … the John's choir, fielding what sounds like a vintage crop of trebles, sings throughout with its trademark mixture of refinement and gutsy energy' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This recording holds some of the most exquisite choral singing I have ever heard. They must be one of the finest choirs in England. Not only is the technical standard dazzlingly high, but the readings are engaging, animated and sensitively shaped' (American Record Guide)

'Blend, balance, intonation and diction are all unfailingly top-drawer, and the choir's unanimity of phrasing and dynamic shading come across as something quite special … both engineering and annotation are well up to the same standard' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is a very fine disc indeed … the overall impression with which I’m left is one of great satisfaction and pleasure. The programme has been assembled with great imagination and the execution is well nigh flawless. When one adds in excellent and very atmospheric sound, first rate notes and texts and translations, it all adds up to a very distinguished package indeed. I shall be surprised if I encounter a finer CD of Christmas music this year' (MusicWeb International)
Charles Wesley’s inspiring words for Lo! He comes with clouds descending were based on verses by John Cennick. Thomas Olivers derived the tune from a country dance, itself possibly by Thomas Arne, which he heard whistled in the street. This appeared in John Wesley’s Select Hymns with Tunes Annext under the name ‘Olivers’ in 1765, and four years later Martin Madan in his Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes produced a revised version called ‘Helmsley’. Vaughan Williams reharmonized it for the first edition of The English Hymnal, and the descant is by Christopher Robinson, Director of Music at St John’s from 1991 to 2002.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2006

Pour les exaltantes paroles de Lo! He comes with clouds descending, Charles Wesley s’inspira de vers de John Cennick. Quant à l’air, Thomas Olivers le tira d’une country dance, peut-être de Thomas Arne, qu’il entendit siffler dans la rue. L’œuvre parut en 1765, sous le nom de «Olivers», dans les Select Hymns with Tunes Annext de John Wesley; quatre ans plus tard, le Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes de Martin Madan en proposa une version révisée dite «Helmsley», que Vaughan Williams réharmonisa pour la première édition de The English Hymnal—le déchant est de Christopher Robinson, qui dirigea St John’s de 1991 à 2002.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Burn © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Charles Wesleys inspirierende Worte zu Lo! He comes with clouds descending („Seht! Er kommt mit sinkenden Wolken“) beruhen auf Strophen von John Cennick. Thomas Olivers leitete die Melodie von einer Volkstanzweise ab, die selbst womöglich von Thomas Arne stammt, der sie auf den Straßen pfeifen gehört hatte. Olivers’ Melodie erschien 1765 in John Wesleys Select Hymns with Tunes Annext unter dem Titel „Olivers“. Vier Jahre später lieferte Martin Madan in seiner Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes eine überarbeitete Fassung namens „Helmsley“. Vaughan Williams harmonisierte erneut die Melodie für die erste Ausgabe des English Hymnal. Die Oberstimme stammt von Christopher Robinson, dem Director of Music des St John’s College Choir von 1991 bis 2002.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Burn © 2006
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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