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God is gone up, Op 27 No 2

1951; SATB divisi + organ; specially composed for St Cecilia's Service at St Sepulchre's Church, Holborn, 1951
author of text
from Sacramental Meditations

Three anthems, composed in 1946, 1951 and 1953, made up Finzi’s Op 27. God is gone up was first sung at a festal morning service on St Cecilia’s Day (22 November) in 1951 at the musicians’ church of St Sepulchre’s, Holborn Viaduct, under the direction of John Dykes Bower. As with the first of the set, the short ‘marriage anthem’ My lovely one, Finzi took his text from Edward Taylor’s Sacramental Meditations, but this time the demeanour of the anthem, march-like in its ternary form, has an ebullience worthy of Walton’s March Imperial or Vaughan Williams’s O clap your hands.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2017


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Track 12 on CDA67680 [4'37]
Track 2 on CDA68167 [4'55]
Track 11 on CDA66374 [5'16] Archive Service
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Track-specific metadata for CDA66374 track 11

Recording date
29 June 1989
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. The English Anthem, Vol. 1 (CDA66374)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: June 1990
    Deletion date: March 2008
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