The Psalms Of David - The Complete St Pauls Cathedral Psalter by Hyperion

The Psalms Of David - The Complete St Pauls Cathedral Psalter by Hyperion
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The Psalms Of David - The Complete St Pauls Cathedral Psalter by Hyperion

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Psautier intégral de la Cathédrale Saint-Paul à Londres : 150 Psaumes / Chœur de la Cathédrale Saint-Paul - Andrew Lucas & Huw Williams, orgue - Direction John Scott (Coffret 12 CD)

This complete 12-disc survey of The Psalms of David from St Paul's Cathedral is both a remarkable historical record of Anglican chant at its finest and an astonishing musical experience. Contained here are all 150 Psalms in their traditional English garb from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, with revised or entirely new musical settings as published in The New St Paul's Cathedral Psalter, edited by the choir's musical director John Scott, itself a revision of the 1875 Cathedral Psalter. As such, these recordings represent the very backbone of the Anglican liturgy; but even a casual listener will be in no doubt that they also offer music that is both contemplative and richly varied when removed from its liturgical context.

The art of "pointing" or setting Psalm texts has been essayed by many English composers, from William Croft through the Wesleys and William Boyce in earlier times to the great flowering in the late-19th century under Stainer and Barnby, with further contributions from Parry, Stanford, Elgar, Howells, and a host of choir-masters and organists including Sir David Willcocks and John Scott himself. All are represented here. Recorded throughout in the vast acoustic of their cathedral, the St Paul's choristers enunciate the words precisely, backed by inventive though unobtrusive organ accompaniment. If the Psalms are taken individually, it's possible to isolate moments when the choir seem to drag their feet or fail to give due weight to the words (Psalm 125, "They that put their trust in the Lord" seems far too subdued, for example), and the massive Psalm 119 is awkwardly split across discs 10 and 11, but overall this set is nothing less than a document of invaluable cultural and musical significance. --Mark Walker

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