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Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Best Loved Hymns

Song NameComposer
All my hope on God is founded Michael: A Fanfare Setting
Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven
Morning has broken Bunessan
Come down, O Love divine Down Ampney
A mighty fortress is our God
O what their joy and their glory must be William Harris
When I survey the wondrous cross Rockingham
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Repton
Be thou my visionSlane
The day thou gavest, Lord, is endedSt Clement
Let all mortal flesh keep silent
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation
My song is love unknown
The Lord's my shepherdBrother 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 Hundreth

Directed by Stephen Cleobury

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. John Rutter had more than a casual hand in this program. He offers new arrangements/harmonizations for verses of some hymns 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" and a hymn-anthem by William Harris, "O what their joy and their glory must be". One of the highlights of the program is a 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.

Item code: 7747C | 1 CD | $15.95 add item to cart
Choral | Some a cappella | Male | England

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