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A Remembrance

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This anthem was commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Foundation of Guildford Cathedral in 2000. No Christian writer articulates as poignantly as Traherne that sense of Christian faith’s journey from cradle to grave and of a spiritual innocence kept pristine by mystical, grateful and often retrospective intimations of a kindly shaping providence. Following Finzi’s wise example, therefore, I returned to Centuries of Meditations in order to find something expressive of a particular place dedicated to and beloved of God, such as Eliot evokes [Four Quartets] in the much-quoted phrase ‘You are here to kneel / Where prayer has been valid’. Traherne did not disappoint, though the text here is collated from a number of disparate points in Centuries. The music seeks to preserve the sense of a quiet meditative centre despite a few expansive moments, and to maintain some consistency in its deployment of polyphonic vocal freedom against an organ part which remains both discreet and discrete.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2005


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


Track 10 on SIGCD080 [7'40] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD080 track 10

Recording date
23 October 2005
Recording venue
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Francis Knights & Judy Martin
Recording engineer
Limo Hearn
Hyperion usage
  1. Pott: Meditations & Remembrances (SIGCD080)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: May 2006
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