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Harris: Anthems / Byram-wigfield, Judd, Et Al


Release Date: 12/12/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570148   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Henry Harris
Performer:  Roger JuddBen AldenRonan BusfieldGiles White,   ... 
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fans of English cathedral music of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s will find much to savor on this fine recording from the illustrious Choir of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. William Henry Harris served as organist at St. George's for nearly 30 years, and many of the works represented here were written for the resident choir. Several of these anthems are extended works lasting more than 10 minutes, including the skillfully-wrought evening hymn, The night is come, recorded for the first time and performed in appropriately heartfelt, dramatic fashion. Another world-premiere is the lovely carol The shepherd-men were keeping, its charming, picturesque text set in a straightforward hymn style with an attractive, catchy tune.
Read more /> Listeners who enjoy the thick-textured, ardently emotional, emphatically inflected character of this kind of music will appreciate Harris' declamatory choral writing and powerful use of the organ as both support and intermittent commentary. It's pretty standard stuff, yet Harris did contribute one or two works that have become repertoire staples, such as the beloved anthem Faire is the heav'n. Although the rendition heard here is fine enough, it threatens to become tedious, and at nearly six minutes it suffers in comparison to the Cambridge Singers' more nimble and refreshingly crisper and more clearly elucidated version for Collegium. In general, the disc's sound tends to become saturated in louder tutti sections, a common problem in large church spaces--but this should not be a deterrent to listeners looking to experience this fine composer's music in an authentic setting, sung by a first-rate choir, the descendant ensemble of Harris' own group. Enjoyable!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Faire is the Heaven by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Roger Judd (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
2. Bring us, O Lord by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Roger Judd (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1959; England 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
3. Strengthen ye the weak hands by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Ben Alden (Tenor), Roger Judd (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
4. Love of love, Light of light by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Ronan Busfield (Tenor), Roger Judd (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
5. King of glory, king of peace by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Roger Judd (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
6. Praise the Lord, O my soul by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Roger Judd (Organ), Giles White (Bass)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1938; England 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
7. O joyful light of the heavenly glory by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Roger Judd (Organ), Giles White (Bass)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1939; England 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
8. O hearken thou by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Roger Judd (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
9. The night is come by William Henry Harris
Performer:  James Birchall (Bass), Roger Judd (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
10. The shepherd-men by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Ben Alden (Tenor), Roger Judd (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
11. From a heart made whole by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Roger Judd (Organ)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 
12. I said to the man by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Roger Judd (Organ), Gareth Dayus-Jones (Bass)
Conductor:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England (01/23/2006 - 01/25/2006) 

Sound Samples

O hearken Thou, "Psalm 5"
Strengthen ye the weak hands
Faire is the Heaven: Faire is the heav'n
Love of love, light of light: Love of love and light of light
King of Glory
Praise the Lord, O my soul, "Psalm 103"
Evening Hymn, "The night is come"
The shepherd-men
Evening hymn, "O joyful light"
From a heart made whole
I said to the man
Bring us, O Lord God

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