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Praise To The Holiest - Hymns From St. Paul's Parish


Release Date: 03/27/2001 
Label:  Pro Organo   Catalog #: 7090   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalEdward BairstowAnonymousWilliam Henry Monk,   ... 
Performer:  Bruce NeswickMatthew WatsonJeffrey Smith
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic BrassSt. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Don't let the title fool you, for this is not mere Sunday morning hymn singing. Each hymn here marries a cited verse to a popular hymn tune, with most referenced in the program notes to the Episcopal hymnals of 1940 or 1962. Yet some are simple and take three minutes or less to perform, while others are set forth as hymn fantasias of six to 14 minutes where the choir might sing a verse with brass, followed by an elaborate an organ improvisation, succeeded by an a cappella choral verse, and so on. Two titles will be of interest to all classical music listeners. The first is "I vow to thee, my country", set to the hymn tune Thaxted, which will be better known to most readers as the main theme from the "Jupiter" movement of Holst's The Read more Planets. It begins here with the chorus, organ, and side drum capped by an ethereal trumpet obbligato, then progresses through different, incredibly beautiful harmonic treatments. The second piece, "O love how deep, how broad, how high", is set to the famous Agincourt Hymn and performed by chorus and brass with an extremely imaginative military drum accompaniment that reminds us of Henry V's victory over the French--and event that probably inspired the hymn tune's composition. The performances are first-rate and the sound of the boy chorus rivals that heard on English recordings. It is no mean feat to record such large forces--chorus, brass, organ, and percussion--but producer/engineer Frederick Hohmann has pulled off a miracle, resulting in a rich, resonant recording just one point short of perfect. This is a wonderful, spiritual, and inspiring CD.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The strife is o'er by Traditional
Performer:  Bruce Neswick (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass,  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
The King of love my shepherd is by Edward Bairstow
Performer:  Bruce Neswick (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
He is risen! He is risen! by Traditional
Performer:  Bruce Neswick (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass,  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
O gladsome radiance by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Period: Medieval 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
I vow to thee my country by Traditional
Performer:  Bruce Neswick (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass,  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Agincourt Hymn by Anonymous
Performer:  Bruce Neswick (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass,  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Praise to the Holiest in the height by Traditional
Performer:  Bruce Neswick (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass,  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Abide with me by William Henry Monk
Performer:  Bruce Neswick (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Before the ending of the day by Traditional
Performer:  Matthew Watson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
O God, thou art my God, Z 35: Hallelujah by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Bruce Neswick (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass,  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Sydney Nicholson, as "Christ is made the sure foundation," after Ernest Hawkins' arrangement of 1843. 
11.
O blest Creator of the Light by Traditional
Performer:  Jeffrey Smith (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 14 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Jeffrey Smith 
12.
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten by Georg Neumark
Performer:  Jeffrey Smith (Organ)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Parish Choir, Washington, D. C.
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Catherine Winkworth, as "If thou but trust in God to guide thee," and Jeffrey Smith 

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