Psalms for the Spirit

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313278121
  • Catalog Number: 8557781
  • Sales rank: 334,854

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Psalm 126 "In convertendo" - George Mursell Garrett & Noel Edison (2:03)
  2. 2 Psalms 127 "Except the Lord build the house" - John Goss & Noel Edison (2:16)
  3. 3 Psalm 122 for chorus & organ: O, pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Herbert Howells & Noel Edison (7:18)
  4. 4 Psalm 121 "I will Lift up Mine Eyes" for chorus & organ - Herbert Howells & Noel Edison (2:34)
  5. 5 Psalm 65: Thou, O God, art praised in Sion - Henry Thomas Smart & Noel Edison (4:13)
  6. 6 Psalm 67, for chorus: Let the people praise thee, O God - William Mathias & Noel Edison (5:30)
  7. 7 Psalm 41, for chorus - Thomas Attwood & Noel Edison (3:58)
  8. 8 Psalm 93 "The Lord is King" - George Mursell Garrett & Noel Edison (2:15)
  9. 9 Burial Service - William Croft & Noel Edison (3:02)
  10. 10 Psalm 137, for chorus - Noel Edison & Noel Edison (3:15)
  11. 11 Psalm 114, In Exitu Israel, for organ & chorus - Edward Bairstow & Noel Edison (2:18)
  12. 12 My Prayer, for 2 sopranos & double chorus - Bob Chilcott & Noel Edison (7:23)
  13. 13 Psalm 111, for chorus - Matthew Larkin & Noel Edison (3:15)
  14. 14 Psalm 42 "Quemadmodum" verses 1-5 (Wesley) verses 6-7 (anon.) verses 8-13 (Wesley) verses 14-end) (anon.) (from St. Paul Psalter) - Samuel Wesley & Noel Edison (4:35)
  15. 15 I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra) - Hubert Parry & Noel Edison (6:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Noel Edison Primary Artist
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