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Track(s) taken from CDA67593

Give unto the Lord, Op 74

author of text
Psalm 29, adapted

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Recording details: July 2006
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by Simon Eadon & David Hinitt
Release date: February 2007
Total duration: 8 minutes 45 seconds

Other recordings available for download

Worcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
The Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood (conductor)
Huddersfield Choral Society, Aidan Oliver (conductor), Thomas Trotter (organ)


'The Abbey Choir … give an excellent account of themselves, the trebles especially singing with the confidence of professional musicianship and with voices in fine, generous bloom. In some of the short, quieter pieces, such as They are at rest and Ecce sacerdos magnus, they achieve a standard as near perfection as any. And Robert Quinney is a tremendous asset: an organist who puts his technical skill to imaginative use, sometimes … to vivid effect. Recorded sound is both clear and spacious, and the authoritative booklet contains some evocative period photographs' (Gramophone)

'The Westminster Abbey Choir delivers its organ-accompanied programme with beautiful tonal colour and blend' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The most impressive items are Great is the Lord and Give unto the Lord, two powerfully expressive large-scale anthems composed just before the First World War. Their texts allow Elgar to explore a wide range of choral and organ effects in the service of some vividly graphic word-painting, which Westminster Abbey Choir bring to life with obvious relish' (The Daily Telegraph)

'James O'Donnell never lets a detail pass or an effect count for nothing; likewise the Westminster Abbey Choir. Rarities, such as the Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode of 1932, receive equal care and attention … above all, this disc projects Elgarian grandeur and dignity' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Every work on the disc receives a convincing performance. James O'Donnell has chosen the tempi carefully, allowing the music enough space to breathe in the Abbey's generous acoustic whilst managing to avoid any sense of dragging. The choir sings well throughout and almost without fail produces a well-blended sound. Robert Quinney's accompaniments are colourful and exciting … highly recommended' (Cathedral Music)

'The Choir of Westminster Abbey, directed by James O'Donnell, does great service in a programme ranging from his naive early pieces for his local Catholic Church, to Coronation music and an Ode, written for the unveiling of Queen Alexandra's memorial in 1932, one of his last pieces. Beautiful singing and sound quality from Hyperion' (Liverpool Daily Post)

'These choral works can be judged as small masterpieces' (Classics Today)
Written in February 1914, Give unto the Lord was immediately published by Novello. It was first heard in a version for chorus and orchestra at the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy at St Paul’s Cathedral on 30 April 1914, and was consequently dedicated to Sir George Martin, the organist of St Paul’s.

Elgar responds to the words of Psalm 29 with vigour and powerfully contrapuntal choral writing, but with a gentle central interlude at the words ‘In His Temple’. Eventually Elgar returns to the music of the opening but ends with the words ‘the blessing of peace’. As these words are, uniquely, repeated and given added emphasis by being echoed round the choir, one has to wonder whether Elgar had any inkling in April 1914 of what was to be.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2007

Écrite en février 1914, et immédiatement publiée par Novello, cette œuvre fut créée dans une version pour chœur et orchestre lors du Festival of the Sons of the Clergy, en la cathédrale St Paul, le 30 avril 1914—aussi fut-elle dédiée à Sir George Martin, l’organiste de St Paul.

Elgar répond aux paroles du psaume 29 avec vigueur, grâce à une écriture chorale puissamment contrapuntique, mais avec un doux interlude central aux mots «In His Temple», avant de finalement revenir à la musique d’ouverture—même si l’œuvre se clôt sur «the blessing of peace» («la bénédiction de la paix»). Ces mots étant exceptionnellement répétés et accentués (le chœur les reprend en écho), c’est à se demander si, dès avril 1914, Elgar ne se doutait pas de ce qui allait arriver.

extrait des notes rédigées par Lewis Foreman © 2007
Français: Hypérion

Give unto the Lord („Bringet dar dem Herrn“) wurde im Februar 1914 geschrieben und sofort von Novello veröffentlicht. Es war in einer Fassung für Chor und Orchester auf dem „Sons of the Clergy“ Festival am 30. April 1914 in der St. Paulskathedrale zum ersten Mal zu hören und wurde später dem Organisten der St. Paulskathedrale, Sir George Martin, gewidmet.

Elgar reagiert auf die Worte des 29. Psalms mit Energie und kraftvoll-kontrapunktischem Chorsatz, aber einem zarteren Mittelteil als Interludium auf die Worte „In seinem Tempel“. Elgar kehrt schließlich wieder zur Musik des Anfangs zurück, schließt aber mit den Worten „[Der Herr] segne [sein Volk] mit Frieden“. Da diese Worte allein wiederholt und noch dadurch unterstrichen werden, dass sie durch den Chor echoen, muss man sich wundern, ob Elgar schon im April 1914 ahnte, was bevorstand.

aus dem Begleittext von Lewis Foreman © 2007
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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