This CD contains a wide range of music composed for Epiphany, ranging from the 15th century ~ "When to the Temple Mary went"(Eccard), "Omnes de Saba venient"(Jacob Handl), "Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles"(Byrd) ~ to the present day ~ "Epiphany"(Judith Bingham). The longest work by far in this recording is "Ascribe unto the Lord" by S.S.Wesley, which is just under 15 minutes in length.
There are three Epiphany hymns ~ "Brightest and best of the sons of the morning", sung to a tune by Alwyn Surplice (not one I knew, but enjoyable), "O Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!" to the well-known tune, "Was lebet" and "The growing limbs of God the Son" to the tune "St.Chad" by Christopher Dearnley. Herbert Howells is represented by the entrancing "Here is the little door"; the best-known work is probably "The Three Kings" by Peter Cornelius.
I was reminded of my days as a Treble chorister by "From the rising of the sun" (F.A.G.Ouseley) which receives a lovely performance (and some great echoes!). "When Jesus our Lord" (Mendelssohn) deserves a mention for another inspiring work, which contains the melody "As bright the star of morning gleams", which Ivor Atkins later incorporated in his arrangement of "The Three Kings" (Cornelius).
There are extensive notes on the recorded works, as well as their texts. This is a very welcome issue, beautifully sung and well-recorded, which lovers of church music, old and new, will appreciate.
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