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Above the stars my Saviour dwells

composer
2017; S solo + SSAATTBB; written for Stephen Layton and Trinity College Choir Cambridge as a gift commissioned for Wendy Russell
author of text
'An hymne', attributed to Joseph Hall, Dean of Worcester, but possibly by Thomas Tomkins

 
The text of this piece—in rhymed verse recalling the style of George Herbert or John Donne—is known only from Thomas Tomkins’ setting dating from the early or mid-seventeenth century. An ascription to Joseph Hall, Bishop of Norwich, is not verifiable, and it is possible the text (originally titled ‘An hymne’) was written by Tomkins himself. Its style is madrigalian, with an almost erotic quality that has been likened to the Song of Solomon, and Park’s setting is essentially a chaste yet voluptuous soprano solo underpinned by floating wordless choral textures in the opening and closing sections; the choir sings the text only for a few bars in the central section. Above the stars was composed in 2017 for Trinity College Choir as a commissioned gift for Wendy Russell.

from notes by John Rutter © 2018

Recordings

Park: Choral works
Studio Master: CDA68191Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 5 on CDA68191 [3'48]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68191 track 5

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-18-19105
Duration
3'48
Recording date
7 July 2017
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Park: Choral works (CDA68191)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: September 2018
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