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The apple tree

First line:
The tree of life my soul hath seen
author of text
from 'Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs' compiled by Joshua Smith (1810)

The apple tree is an irresistible carol. Composed in 2009, it sets a poem (also known as ‘Jesus Christ the Apple Tree’) probably written by an unknown New Englander in the mid-18th century and first published in New Hampshire in 1784. Apple trees were a feature of early New England and there was an old English tradition, in cider-growing regions, of ‘orchard wassailing’—singing to apple trees to ensure their good health in the coming year. The text has become internationally known as a Christmas carol and there have been several settings before Bennett’s, which must, nevertheless, be one of the finest the poem has received.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2012


Bennett (RR): My dancing day & other choral works
SIGCD293Download only


Track 12 on SIGCD293 [3'03] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD293 track 12

Recording date
20 January 2012
Recording venue
Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Michael Emery
Recording engineer
Susan Thomas
Hyperion usage
  1. Bennett (RR): My dancing day & other choral works (SIGCD293)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: July 2012
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