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All Things Bright & Beautiful

All Things Bright & Beautiful

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Hymns for All Seasons

Ref: CDG1027

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Favourite hymns from Sunday school days. The choice of cheerful and uplifting hymns is reassuringly traditional and includes many which will be remembered from occasions such as weddings and christenings. A good album to accompany CDG1030, Music for a Church Wedding.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
A collection of favourite hymns

Good music and stirring words bring back memories of Sunday School days or of special events in a programme of hymns for all moods and occasions

Title
1 Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven
2 The Lord's my Shepherd
3 He who would Valiant be
4 O worship the King
5 Now thank we all our God
6 Immortal, invisible
7 All people that on earth do dwell
8 All things bright and beautiful
9 Love divine, all loves excelling
10 Eternal Father, strong to save
11 Onward, Christian soldiers
12 Praise to the Holiest
13 We plough the Fields
14 Lead us, Heavenly Father
15 The King of love my shepherd is
16 For the beauty of the earth
17 The day thou gavest
18 Holy, Holy, Holy
19 Stand Up! Stand up for Jesus
20 Abide with me
21 Ye holy angels bright
22 O praise ye the Lord


The Victoria Singers
Directed by Sarah Tenant-Flowers
Helen Parker
Diane Atherton
Alexandra Gibson
Ben Rayfield
Robert Macdonald
Paul Ayres


Over 1 hour of music
P&C 2001 Classical Communications
Made in Great Britain
CCL CDG1027
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Inside track listing:



Title Composer Tune Author
1 Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven Sir J Goss Praise, my soul, H F Lyte
2 The Lord's my Shepherd J Irvine Crimond Scottish Psalter 1650
3 He who would Valiant be English traditional Monks Gate J Bunyan
4 O worship the King German Hanover Sir R Grant
5 Now thank we all our God J Crüger Nun danket C Winkworth
6 Immortal, invisible Welsh traditional St. Denio W Chalmers Smith
7 All people that on earth do dwell Dowland/Ravenscroft Old 100th W Kethe
8 All things bright and beautiful W H Monk All things bright and beautiful Mrs. Alexander
9 Love divine, all loves excelling Sir J Stainer Love divine C Wesley
10 Eternal Father, strong to save Rev J B Dykes Melita W Whiting
11 Onward, Christian soldiers A Sullivan St. Gertrude S Baring-Gould
12 Praise to the Holiest Rev T Hawes Richmond Cardinal Newman
13 We plough the Fields J A P Schulz Wir pflügen J M Campbell
14 Lead us, Heavenly Father F Filitz Mannheim J Edmeston
15 The King of love my shepherd is Rev J B Dykes Dominus regit me Sir H W Baker
16 For the beauty of the earth C Kocher Treuer Heiland (Dix) F S Pierpoint
17 The day thou gavest Rec CC Scholefield St. Clements J Ellerton
18 Holy, Holy, Holy Rev J B Dykes Nicea Bishop Heber
19 Stand Up! Stand up for Jesus G J Webb Morning light G Duffiel
20 Abide with me W H Monk Eventide H F Lyte
21 Ye holy angels bright J Darwall Darwall's 148th R Baxter
22 O praise ye the Lord Sir H Parry Laudate Dominum Sir HW Baker


The Victoria Singers
Directed by Sarah Tenant-Flowers
Helen Parker Soprano
Diane Atherton Soprano
Alexandra Gibson Contralto
Ben Rayfield Tenor
Robert Macdonald Bass
Paul Ayres Organ


Recorded in St Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford by kind permission of Rev Anthony Gann and St Michael's District Church Council
Producer Martin Souter
Edited and mastered at Classical Communications
P & C 2001 Classical Communications Ltd

Inside text:

A selection of hymns might seem at first to be a curious thing. For many people, these hymns will bring back memories, of school assemblies, of Sunday school and church. But the hymns are more than just memories. They are inspiring, uplifting and moving, and have a relevance to us all. However, their words and music have a comfort factor which can stand independently of their original church setting, and the lovely tunes can be enjoyed simply for their own sake. The hymns can have a direct relevance to anybody who enjoys good music whether or not they wish to sing along!

This selection of favourite hymns comes mainly from the Victorian period from a hymnbook known as 'Hymns Ancient and Modern'. This book set a new standard for church music when it appeared in 1861. It assembled a large collection of hymns from several centuries of music-making in the church, from all around the world, from some of the earliest Christian hymns of the early Greek church to the robust music and texts from the Germany of Martin Luther and the Reformation of the sixteenth century. In addition there were many hymns newly composed which reflected the two main 'high' and 'low' church traditions of Great Britain since Henry VIII's own Reformation took hold. Many of the hymns were composed by leading British musicians of the day, and they are often miniature musical masterpieces.

'Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven' starts the album in bold mood. This is a popular hymn for weddings, its sentiments and its tune at once uplifting and moving. The hymn's composer, John Goss, was organist at St Paul's cathedral from 1838-1872. Other famous organists represented in this collection include Sir John Stainer, who is perhaps best known for his sacred cantata 'The Crucifixion'. He was an organist and academic in Oxford, before taking over from Goss at St Paul's cathedral in 1872. His fascination for the music of the past can be heard in all his compositions, large and small. JB Dykes composed many hymns, including 'The King of Love' (track 15) and 'Holy, Holy, Holy' with its ancient text, newly translated for 'Hymns Ancient and Modern'. These hymns express Dykes' own personal religious fervour and they lean towards the 'high' church through the imagery of the words and their rich harmonic language. Composers such as GJ Webb, however, wrote in more robust vein. 'Stand up! Stand up' (track 19) is a marching hymn for the church, as is 'Onward Christian Soldiers', with its tune composed by Arthur Sullivan, of operatic fame in his partnership with WS Gilbert.


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