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Love divine, all loves excelling – Blaenwern

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Love divine, all loves excelling
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The great hymn-writer Charles Wesley was grandfather of organist-composer S S Wesley, and brother of John Wesley, founder of Methodism. He was immensely prolific, writing and publishing over 6500 hymn texts, of which Love divine, all loves excelling is one of the best-loved.

The stirring hymn tune Blaenwern was written in 1905 by Welsh school-teacher and composer William Rowlands (known as ‘Penfro’.) He named it after a farm in Pembrokeshire where he once sent his son to convalesce from illness. Christopher Robinson’s descant adds frisson to the final verse.

from notes by Andrew Nethsingha © 2021

Recordings

The tree
SIGCD691Download only Available Friday 19 November 2021
Hymns from King's
Studio Master: KGS0014Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Rejoice, the Lord is king!
Studio Master: CDA68013Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The English Hymn, Vol. 5 - Lead, kindly Light
CDP12105
The Hymns Album, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD079Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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Track 12 on SIGCD691 [4'37] Download only Available Friday 19 November 2021
Track 4 on CDA68013 [3'21]
Track 20 on CDP12105 [3'24]
Track 5 on KGS0014 [3'40] Download only
Track 14 on SIGCD079 [3'01] Download only

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