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Ascribe Unto The Lord: Sacred Choral Works By Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Wesley / Choir Of St. John's College Cambridge
Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10751   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John ChallengerPeter HicksJason CobbSam Oladeinde,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge has selected some of the best-known choral works of Samuel Sebastian Wesley for inclusion on this album, interspersing them with one of his organ works as well as a psalm chant by his father, Samuel Wesley.

Samuel Sebastian Wesley was one of the most controversial characters in nineteenth-century English music, earning a reputation for inherent stubbornness, a highly critical mindset (particularly in relation to the church), and a unique pioneering spirit. All of which were character traits which became instrumental in the creation of the wholly new styles of church music, and the renewal of church practices, for which he became known.

The wilderness and the solitary
Read more place (c. 1832) is one such work, described by the conservative critic R.J.S. Stevens as ‘a clever thing. But it is not cathedral music’. This early work comes across as a compressed oratorio, or an operatic scena, with the overt emotions and huge range of textures on display unlike anything that had ever been heard in English church music before. In contrast, Ascribe unto the Lord (1851) acts as a mature counterpart to the youthful Wilderness, and sets out in miniature the sentiments of Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah, while staying true to the melodic exuberance of the composer himself.

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world, known and loved by millions for its recordings, broadcasts, and concert tours. For several decades it has performed around the world, including the US, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Australia, and of course Europe. - Chandos Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Blessed be the God and Father by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John Challenger (Organ), Peter Hicks (Treble)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; England 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. Wash me throughly from my wickedness by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John Challenger (Organ), Jason Cobb (Treble)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3. Ascribe unto the Lord by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John Challenger (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1852; England 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4. Psalm 42 "Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks" / Psalm 43 "Give sentence with me" by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John Challenger (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5. Magnificat anima mea by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  Sam Oladeinde (), Basil McDonald (), Julian Gregory (),
Geoffrey Clapham (), James Imam (), Kieran [Tenor Vocal] Brunt (),
Alexander [Counter Tenor Vocal] Simpson (), John Challenger (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6. Nunc dimittis by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John Challenger (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7. The wilderness and the solitary place by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  Peter Hicks (Treble), Basil McDonald (), Julian Gregory (),
James Imam (), John Challenger (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8. Larghetto for Organ in F minor by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John Challenger (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1835; England 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9. O give thanks unto the Lord by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John Challenger (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John Challenger (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; England 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11. O Thou Who Camest from Above (Hereford), for chorus & organ by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  John Challenger (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
Period: Romantic 
Written: United Kingdom 
Venue:  St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, Eng 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Blessed be the God and Father
Wash me throughly*: Wash me throughly
Ascribe unto the Lord
Ascribe unto the Lord: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
Ascribe unto the Lord: As for the gods of the heathen
Ascribe unto the Lord: They that make them are like unto them
Ascribe unto the Lord: The Lord hath been mindful of us
Psalm 42, "Like as the hart desireth the water brooks" - Psalm 43, "Give sentence with me, O God"
Morning and Evening Service in E major: Magnificat
Morning and Evening Service in E major: Nunc dimittis
The wilderness and the solitary place
The wilderness and the solitary place: Say to them of a fearful heart
The wilderness and the solitary place: Then shall the lame man
The wilderness and the solitary place: And the ransomed of the Lord
The wilderness and the solitary place: And sorrow and sighing
3 Pieces for a Chamber Organ, Book 2: No. 2. Larghetto in F sharp minor
O give thanks unto the Lord
O give thanks unto the Lord: Who can express the noble acts of the Lord
O give thanks unto the Lord: Blessed are they that alway keep judgment
O Thou who camest from above
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

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