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Psalm 126

This setting was commissioned for the 1993 Southern Cathedrals Festival. Accordingly it was both conceived for and sung then by the united Cathedral Choirs of Winchester, Salisbury and Chichester under the direction of David Hill. Making intensive and dramatic use of SSAATTBB forces and deploying a virtuoso organ part, the piece contrasts mystical retrospection in the first section with first the malevolent envy of ‘the heathen’ and then devout celebration of God’s mercies in the agitated central passage. An immense climax (featuring the return of the opening verbal invocation) heralds a lengthy ‘epilogue’ (They that sow in tears shall reap in joy). This ends in with a spacious polyphonic Amen, returning to the opening tonality of E minor only very shortly before the conclusion.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2005


Pott: Meditations & Remembrances
Studio Master: SIGCD080Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on SIGCD080 [13'18] Download only

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Recording date
23 October 2005
Recording venue
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Francis Knights & Judy Martin
Recording engineer
Limo Hearn
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  1. Pott: Meditations & Remembrances (SIGCD080)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: May 2006
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