Psalms for the Spirit

Psalms for the Spirit

by Noel Edison
     
 
Anglican Psalm settings serve a specific liturgical function that makes them ideal for the listener seeking a serene, untroubled, low-profile experience of religious music. They don't have the flashiness of anthems, which are generally written for the offertory, where they are the primary focus of the congregation's attention and can be musical showcases for the choir

Overview

Anglican Psalm settings serve a specific liturgical function that makes them ideal for the listener seeking a serene, untroubled, low-profile experience of religious music. They don't have the flashiness of anthems, which are generally written for the offertory, where they are the primary focus of the congregation's attention and can be musical showcases for the choir, organist, and sometimes, soloists. The Psalm settings are part of the Propers of the Mass, the sections that vary from week to week, and with the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel, which are read, not sung, they constitute the lessons on which the preacher will reflect in the sermon. As such, their function is primarily the clear communication of the text, which requires music simple enough to make the words easily understood. The Toronto-based mixed Choir of St. John's Elora, directed by Noel Edison and accompanied by organist Matthew Larkin, offers an attractive selection of Psalm settings, some standards in Anglican services, and some less familiar, ranging from the early eighteenth century to contemporary. As is fitting for the character of the music, the performances are self-effacing, and the excellent diction of the choir makes every word clear. The choir sings with warm and pure tone, and the nuanced performances obviously grow out of deep and intimate familiarity with these Psalms. The recording level is set very low, so the volume needs to be cranked up for the music to be audible, but once it is, the sound quality is satisfactory.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313278121
catalogNumber:
8557781
Rank:
236484

Tracks

  1. Psalm 126 "In convertendo"
  2. Psalms 127 "Except the Lord build the house"
  3. Psalm 122 for chorus & organ: O, pray for the peace of Jerusalem
  4. Psalm 121 "I will Lift up Mine Eyes" for chorus & organ
  5. Psalm 65: Thou, O God, art praised in Sion
  6. Psalm 67, for chorus: Let the people praise thee, O God
  7. Psalm 41, for chorus
  8. Psalm 93 "The Lord is King"
  9. Burial Service
  10. Psalm 137, for chorus
  11. Psalm 114, In Exitu Israel, for organ & chorus
  12. My Prayer, for 2 sopranos & double chorus
  13. Psalm 111, for chorus
  14. Psalm 42 "Quemadmodum" verses 1-5 (Wesley) verses 6-7 (anon.) verses 8-13 (Wesley) verses 14-end) (anon.) (from St. Paul Psalter)
  15. I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)

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