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Dyson: Hierusalem, Etc / Rennert, Hill, Royal Philharmonic


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55046   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Dyson
Performer:  Valery HillThomas Trotter
Conductor:  Jonathan Rennert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraSt. Michael's Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir George Dyson (1883-1964) hasn't survived so well as he might have done. His music is not easily forgotten, but some of it is only capable of being half-remembered. Let me say at once, and thankfully, that this record will make converts. Hierusalem, a setting of a poem rooted in the sixteenth century, some of whose verses appear in hymn books, is a brilliant splash of celestial colour. The depth of the orchestral perspective draws the listener into a heaven which Vaughan Williams also prospected and over which Valery Hill presides with a vocal magnificence of rare quality. The choir is necessarily part of the total scene, which reduces the evangelical impact of their words, but that seems the usual Dyson pattern when an orchestral Read more foundation is used. The performance is superb. Rennert has the right sense of spaciousness and husbands his climaxes with measured artistry.

He is equally impressive playing the Fantasia and Ground Bass. This, like Hierusalem, is mature music written by an old man. Both are far superior to the other works on the record, though these are attractive enough. The Three Choral Hymns and the Three Songs of Praise display Dyson's sensitivity to words, harnessed to the establishment harmonies and breadth of phrase which would have made Mr Chips whistle softly through his dentures. The 150th Psalm, done for the 1937 Coronation, bears a faint touch of Walton.

-- Gramophone [9/1985]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hierusalem by George Dyson
Performer:  Valery Hill (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Rennert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Michael's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
Date of Recording: 1983-84 
Venue:  Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Paddington 
Length: 18 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Songs (3) of Praise by George Dyson
Performer:  Thomas Trotter (Organ)
Conductor:  Jonathan Rennert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Michael's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1935; England 
Date of Recording: 1983-84 
Venue:  Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Paddington 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Choral Hymns (3) by George Dyson
Performer:  Thomas Trotter (Organ)
Conductor:  Jonathan Rennert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Michael's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Date of Recording: 1983-84 
Venue:  Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Paddington 
Length: 11 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
O Praise God in his Holiness by George Dyson
Performer:  Thomas Trotter (Organ)
Conductor:  Jonathan Rennert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Michael's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Date of Recording: 1983-84 
Venue:  Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Paddington 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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