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Music For St. Pauls

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  • Audio CD (June 23 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000007SZL
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1. Te Duem: We praise thee, O God
2. Te Deum: To Thee All Angels Cry Aloud
3. Te Deum: To Thee Cherubin And Seraphin
4. Te Deum: The Glorious Company Of The Apostles
5. Te Deum: When Thou Took'st Upon Thee
6. Te Deum: We Believe That Thou Shalt Come
7. Te Deum: Day By Day We Magnify Thee
8. Te Deum: And We Worship The Name
9. Te Deum: Vouchsafe, O Lord
10. Te Deum: O Lord, In Thee Have I Trusted
11. Jubilate: O Be Joyful In The Lord
12. Jubilate: Be Ye Sure That The Lord He Is God
13. Jubilate: O Go Your Way Into His Gates
14. Jubilate: For The Lord Is Gracious
15. Jubilate: Glory Be To The Father
16. I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me
17. I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me: One Thing Have I Desired Of The Lord
18. I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me: They Shall Prosper That Love Thee
19. I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me: The King Shall Rejoice In Thy Strength
20. I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me: As For His Enemies
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This disc seemed so promising: the centerpieces are Handel's magnificent Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate; the Parley of Instruments has a history of fine recordings; there's a fine line-up of soloists. Unfortunately, the performance is near disastrous. The St. Paul's choir is way out of its depth: the blend is awful and the poor trebles are reduced to shouting. John Scott's unvarying plod makes no distinction between soft, beautiful sections for soloists with flute or strings and triumphant climaxes for choir and brass. The Blow and Boyce come off better, if only because there's less music for the choir, but they're not worth the price of the disc. Keep your eyes peeled for a reissue by Decca of the Hogwood/Preston recording of the Handel--it really is magnificent. --Matthew Westphal

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HASH(0x9c04b714) out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan Oct. 19 2006
By George Peabody - Published on
The selections on this disc consisting of four notable pieces by Handel, Blow and Boyce were written for St. Pauls' between 1697 and 1755. Although the day-to-day choral services at St. Paul's were accompanied just by the organ, as it is today, for special state occasions an orchestra was present to accompany at least one of the anthems, and the 'Te Deum' and ''Jubilate', This type of anthem is referred to as a 'symphony anthem'.

The 'Utrecht Te Deum' and the 'Jubilate' was a turning point in Handel's career because it was the first piece of major religious music that he wrote using the English language.

I purchased this recording based on the line-up of soloists, most of whom are quite accomplished singers in their own right; singers such as Alastair Cook,Robin Blaze,Ashley Stafford, Mark Le Brocq, but it truly is a poorly done album; not necessarily because of the soloists, but there are so many musical flaws: poor choral singing; sometimes dlstorted because of over-singing, very poor diction and balance between the voices. The pitch is not all that great, either. And it's frustrating, because the musical selections have so much potential. Anyway, there are much better renditions of these compositions. Look for them.