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My Spirit Hath Rejoiced / Scott, Dearnley, Choir Of St Paul

Scott / Spcc
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tertius NobleBasil HarwoodHerbert MurillHarold Edwin Darke,   ... 
Performer:  Christopher DearnleyGeorge PooleyPeter HallNigel Bevan,   ... 
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is something intoxicating about the overall effect which goes far beyond the disciplined requirements of daily worship into realms of pure music.

Whilst the choice of anthem at Evensong in the Anglican Church involves the Precentor or Choirmaster in a search for words appropriate to the date within the Church year, the two Canticles, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, remain unchanged.
 
Generations of composers, most of them involved in practical performance on a day to day basis, have provided settings appropriate to particular choirs or buildings. It is in many ways the ultimate gebrauchsmusik, where the composers work to strict requirements, and where opportunities for a sudden
Read more burst of the unexpected are few and inspiration must come from within a tight discipline rather than from the composer’s freedom of choice.
 
Under these circumstances the surprising thing is just how good the general standard of music is, even when, apart from Howells, the composers are scarcely known outside the writing of church music. When I reviewed an earlier disc of these Canticles by the St Paul’s Choir ( My soul doth magnify the Lord Helios CDH55401) I noted that even the least inspired of the settings were wonderful examples of sincerity and musical craftsmanship. The same applies here, although I must admit that the quality of the music is generally less high than the earlier issue.
 
The one clear masterpiece here is Howells’ Gloucester Service, a superb example of his ability to draw inspiration from the building as well as the choir for whom he was writing. Gloucester Cathedral has a wonderful resonance, but so does St Paul’s so that the sound here matches that that the composer and the work require. There is something intoxicating about the overall effect which goes far beyond the disciplined requirements of daily worship into realms of pure music. The same cannot really be said of the other works here, although all meet those basic and by no means straightforward requirements. Those by Noble and Dyson are probably the best, confident and purposeful, as to a lesser degree is that by Harwood. Those by Murrill and Sumsion are more individual but I must admit to a blind spot for the popular but to my mind dull Darke in F.
 
Both choir and organist must have performed these pieces many times but there is no sense of routine in the performances here. Any recording in St Paul’s has to find a way of coping with the notorious echo and that achieved on this disc is as good as any in a building whose suitability for any kind of music is doubtful. There are good notes by Sarah Langdon. Like its predecessor it makes me long for more - all those composers known now (if at all) only by a key after their name, such as Tudway in G, Turle in D, Heathcote in A and Albertus Bryan in G. The list reads like the stations lost to Dr Beeching and perhaps it has the same appeal to those of a certain cast of mind.
 
-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Evening Service in B minor, Op. 6 by Tertius Noble
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  St Paul's Cathedral, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Evening Service in A flat major, Op. 6 by Basil Harwood
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ), George Pooley (Boy Soprano), Peter Hall (Tenor),
Nigel Bevan (Bass), Ashley Stafford (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  St Paul's Cathedral, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Magnificat in E major by Herbert Murill
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  St Paul's Cathedral, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Nunc dimittis by Herbert Murill
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  St Paul's Cathedral, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Evening service in F major by Harold Edwin Darke
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  St Paul's Cathedral, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Evening Service in D major by George Dyson
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  St Paul's Cathedral, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Evening Service in G major by Herbert Sumsion
Performer:  Nigel Bevan (Bass), Peter Hall (Tenor), Ashley Stafford (Countertenor),
George Pooley (Boy Soprano), Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  St Paul's Cathedral, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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