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Sing, Ye Heavens - Hymns For All Times / Cambridge Singers


Release Date: 08/02/2000 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 126   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William CroftTraditionalAnonymousRoland Hugh Prichard,   ... 
Performer:  Thelma OwenJohn Scott
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge SingersCity of London Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This recording arguably contains the best representation of the Anglican hymn tradition that's possible to include on one 76-minute CD. Yes, there are hundreds of other candidates--a couple of my favorites are "missing"--but for anyone who knows and loves this vast and varied repertoire that's carried congregations and individual souls through centuries of life's trials and triumphs, prayers and celebrations, private moments and public sharing, these 21 selections will please the ear and stir countless emotions. The list is too long to mention all the hymns here, but among them are "O God, our help in ages past", "The King of love my Shepherd is", "When I survey the wondrous Cross", "A mighty fortress is
Read more our God", "Christ the Lord is risen today", "Be thou my vision", "Morning has broken", "Amazing grace", "Christ is made the sure Foundation", and my all-time favorite, "Love Divine, all loves excelling". A pleasant surprise is a hymn with words and music by John Rutter himself. Titled "Eternal God", it was composed in 1999 "with the aim of augmenting the meager stock of hymns that make mention of music . . . as gifts of God." It's a beauty, and it should easily find a home in the standard repertoire. In familiar Rutter programming fashion, the hymns are grouped in categories, such as "Hymns from the Psalms", "Invocations", "Passiontide and Easter", "Folk Hymns", and "Evening Hymns". There are several chants--"Pange lingua", "Veni Creator Spiritus", and "Let all mortal flesh keep silence"--and the arrangements by Rutter are imaginative and appropriate to each hymn's message and musical character. Some are a cappella, some use harp, others are accompanied by brass and/or organ, timpani, and percussion. Rutter's acclaimed Cambridge Singers are in top form and the acoustics of the Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, are generously responsive. Sing ye heavens, indeed. This is heavenly singing--and heavenly music.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
O God, our help in ages past by William Croft
Performer:  Thelma Owen (Harp), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
2.
The king of love my shepherd is by Traditional
Performer:  Thelma Owen (Harp), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
3.
Veni creator spiritus by Anonymous
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1300; France 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Lo! he comes with clouds descending by Anonymous
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
5.
Love divine, all loves excelling by Roland Hugh Prichard
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
6.
Pange lingua gloriosi by Anonymous
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence by Anonymous
Performer:  Thelma Owen (Harp), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
8.
Vexilla Regis prodeunt by Anonymous
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
Drop, drop, slow tears by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
When I survey the wondrous Cross by Edward Miller
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
11.
Christ the Lord Hath Risen by Anonymous
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
12.
Be thou my vision by Traditional
Performer:  Thelma Owen (Harp), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
13.
All things bright and beautiful by Traditional
Performer:  Thelma Owen (Harp), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
14.
Morning has broken by Traditional
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
15.
Amazing Grace by Traditional
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
16.
We plough the fields and scatter by Traditional
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
17.
Glory to Thee, my God this night by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18.
The day thou gavest by Clement C. Scholefield
Performer:  Thelma Owen (Harp), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
19.
Eternal God by John Rutter
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
20.
Christ is made the sure foundation by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Scott (Organ), Thelma Owen (Harp)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
21.
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott by Martin Luther
Performer:  Thelma Owen (Harp), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 

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