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Praise To The Lord / John Scott, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir


Release Date: 10/12/1999 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55036   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John GossWilliam CroftWilliam HorsleyTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral ChoirEnglish Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Choirmaster's Companion (a suppositious, non-existent publication as far as I know) must contain a sentence or two on hymns: 'Do not despise the humble hymn. Only by an excess of charity can it be supposed that this indispensable part of the service may safely be entrusted to the congregation, who, if challenged on any point of musical accuracy or linguistic sense, will be apt to invoke the first principles of democracy or enquire into the current state of legislation upon the matter.' The Companion now has an aural aid in this admirable recording which shows just how much care and creativity can go into the performance of a well-known hymn, especially if the congregation can be persuaded to participate in the first and last verses Read more only.

The resources include solo verses for treble, tenor and so-called bass; unaccompanied verses in four-part harmony: discreetly accompanied verses in three-part harmony where the tenor has the tune while alto and bass provide subdued support; unison verses with crafty new harmonies and picturesque registration by the organist; the same but with descant added; the same but with descant and brass-ensemble. Whatever the arrangement, the words are cared for on the assumption that their meaning matters: no breath to be taken between "good enough" and "to pay the price", no grammatical solecisms such as "almight Thy power" instead of "almighty, Thy power", no cloddish emphasis of unimportant syllables as in "maker, defender, redeemer and friend".

As one would expect of St Paul's, the performances are exemplary except perhaps in as far as the building itself imposes restrictions. The echo, the architecture, the sense of occasion all encourage stately speeds that might be merely sluggish in the parish church. The descants, too, have a way of taking over: my Choirmaster's Companion would include a stern admonition to the effect that if the tune goes under in the high tide of treble exhibitionism and the full flood of the organist's harmonic fancies then we have not so much the good thing as the proverbial excess of it.

-- Gramophone [7/1990]
Review of original release, Hyperion 88036
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Works on This Recording

1.
Praise my soul, the King of Heaven by John Goss
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
2.
O worship the king by William Croft
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
3.
There is a green hill far away by William Horsley
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
4.
Immortal, Invisible by Traditional
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Notes: Arranged: John Roberts 
5.
Praise to the Lord by Traditional
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Brass Ensemble
6.
Pastor Pastorum by Friedrich Silcher
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
7.
Praise to the holiest "Chorus Angelorum" by Arthur Somervell
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
8.
Sun of my soul by Herbert Stanley Oakley
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Scotland 
9.
Ye holy angels bright by John Darwall
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Brass Ensemble
Period: Classical 
10.
English Hymnal: no 9, He who would valiant be by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
11.
Angel voices ever singing by Edwin George Monk
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
12.
The day thou gavest by Clement C. Scholefield
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
13.
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
14.
Lord Jesus, think on me by John Stainer
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Romantic 
15.
Nun danket by Johannes Crüger
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1647; Germany 
16.
O for a closer walk with God by John Newton
Performer:  Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: England 

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