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Best Loved Hymns / Cleobury, Choir Of King's College, Et Al


Release Date: 03/27/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57026   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalMartin LutherWilliam Henry HarrisClement C. Scholefield,   ... 
Performer:  Sioned WilliamsBenjamin BaylTom WilliamsonThomas Bullard
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College ChoirThe Wallace Collection
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

". . . to arouse the emotions of a religiously awakened congregation. . ." These words describing the intent of John and Charles Wesley in writing their hymns may or may not find acceptance in the hearts and minds of all who might listen to this excellent recording from the hallowed space and revered choir of King's College, Cambridge, but the fact of this music's power to inspire, to motivate, and to meaningfully live in both an individual and collective consciousness is undeniable. There's a reason why the hymns we grew up with never leave us, why after many years the hearing of one will bring us to a special place that no other music can. And that's why recordings such as this one continue to be made and continue to be popular Read more with faithful churchgoers and former congregants alike. If you enjoy this kind of music--that is, hymns rooted in the Anglican church tradition--you will find much pleasure here, whether it be meditative or openly exuberant. The Choir of King's College has been singing congregational music for centuries, and the tradition, impeccably articulated and warmly expressed by the choir, remains truly and firmly preserved to this day.


As you listen, and as you check out the uncommonly detailed liner notes (visually challenged, get out your glasses!), you'll discover not only many familiar hymns--Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; A mighty fortress is our God; When I survey the wondrous Cross (Rockingham)--but also that none other than John Rutter had more than a casual hand in this program. He offers new arrangements/harmonizations for verses of some hymns--quite effective and attractive, by the way--and the choir sings his oft-performed setting of Morning has broken. And for those who think all hymns recordings are basically the same, virtually all of the best-known tunes among these 18 selections are given fresh settings, several with descants and a few with brass accompaniments. Among the not-so-common hymns are some of the most beautiful--Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Repton), My song is love unknown (Love Unknown), and a hymn-anthem by William Harris, O what their joy and their glory must be. The harp is imaginatively used to accompany both the lovely Irish tune Slane (Be thou my vision) and a luscious new arrangement of Brother James' Air (The Lord's My Shepherd) by Stephen Johns (church choirs take note). Elsewhere, the accompaniments are varied to include organ and/or brass, interspersed with whole verses sung a cappella. One of the highlights of the program is another relatively new work, a hymn-anthem by British conductor/composer Stephen Jackson based on the familiar text and tune Let all mortal flesh keep silence. Jackson ingeniously uses choir and organ and music full of rich colors, lush dissonances, and bold strokes and clashes of melody to capture the magic and mystery of the ancient text.


Of course, for most potential listeners, nearly as important--or perhaps more important--than the quality of the performances is knowing exactly which hymns are included. Among those not already mentioned are Vaughan Williams' Come down, O Love divine (arguably among the most profoundly beautiful hymns ever written) and Handel's Thine be the glory, along with The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended, Glorious things of thee are spoken, and Drop, drop slow tears (music by Orlando Gibbons). The program appropriately concludes with Vaughan Williams' famous ceremonial setting of All people that on earth do dwell (one of the most rousing and best of the many versions on disc). As with most hymns recordings made in huge, resonant, congregation-free spaces and employing the services of a large organ, the sections with full organ accompaniment tend to rumble and thunder a lot--which would make those Wesley's beam as brightly as the sun, but which can overwhelm the singing at times. However, you probably won't mind because you'll most likely be singing right along with the choir.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Morning has broken by Traditional
Performer:  Sioned Williams (Harp)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Be thou my vision by Traditional
Performer:  Sioned Williams (Harp)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
All people that on earth do dwell by Traditional
Performer:  Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Wallace Collection,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
All my hope on God is founded by Traditional
Performer:  Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Wallace Collection,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Praise my soul the King of heaven by Traditional
Performer:  Tom Williamson (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Come down, o love divine by Traditional
Performer:  Tom Williamson (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott by Martin Luther
Performer:  Tom Williamson (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Wallace Collection,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
O what their joy and their glory must be by William Henry Harris
Performer:  Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
When I survey the wondrous cross by Traditional
Performer:  Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Dear Lord and Father of mankind by Traditional
Performer:  Benjamin Bayl (Organ), Thomas Bullard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
The day thou gavest by Clement C. Scholefield
Performer:  Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence by Edward Bairstow
Performer:  Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation by Traditional
Performer:  Tom Williamson (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Love Unknown by Traditional
Performer:  Tom Williamson (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
The Lord is My Shepherd by Traditional
Performer:  Sioned Williams (Harp), Thomas Bullard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Thine be the glory by Traditional
Performer:  Tom Williamson (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Wallace Collection,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Drop, drop slow tears by Traditional
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Glorious things of thee are spoken by Traditional
Performer:  Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

All my hope on God is founded (Michael: A Fanfare Setting)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (Praise, my soul) (desc. Cleobury)
Morning has broken (Bunessan)
Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)
A mighty fortress is our God (Ein' feste Burg)
O what their joy and their glory must be (Regnator Orbis)
When I survey the wondrous cross (Rockingham)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Repton)
Be thou my vision (Slane)
The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended (St Clement)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Picardy)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation (Hast du denn, Jesu)
My song is love unknown (Love Unknown)
The Lord's my shepherd (Brother James' Air)
Thine be the glory (Maccabaeus)
Drop, drop, slow tears (Song 46)
Glorious things of thee are spoken (Abbot's Leigh)
All people that on earth do dwell (The Old Hundredth)

Customer Reviews

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 A favorite March 25, 2014 By Carol G. (Colorado Springs, CO) See All My Reviews "A friend sent me this CD as a gift. I enjoy it so much that I have done the same, sharing it with others who value fine choral singing, a thoughtful selection (by Stephen Cleobury)of classic hymns, and an excellent recording." Report Abuse
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