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Favorite Hymns & Anthems / Westminster Choir

Album Summary

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : When in our music God is glorified (tune
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O how amiable
>Mendelssohn, Felix : St. Paul
>Anonymous : Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
>Arnatt, Ronald : Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place
>Traditional : Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (Tamworth)
>Anonymous, American : My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, hymn (to the tune Resignation)
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : For all the saints
>Anonymous : Like As The Hart (Psalms 42 &43)
>Anonymous : Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
>Hymnal, New English : The King of love my Shepherd is (tune St. Columba) (457)
>Traditional, American : How Firm a Foundation
>York, David Stanley : Lord Make Me An Instrument
>Thompson, Randall : The Last Words of David, for chorus & orchestra
>Messiter, Arthur Henry : Rejoice, ye pure in heart!, hymn
>Anonymous : Holy, Holy, Holy
>Hymnal, New English : Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart, hymn (tune Slane), no 339
>Anonymous : Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
>Anonymous : All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
>Book, Anonymous, Bay P. : Psalm 100, for chorus ("Old Hundredth")
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The reissue of a 1990 recording, Favorite Hymns & Anthems features some of Christianity's most-loved traditional hymns and anthems performed by the Westminster Choir, which has been setting the standard for choral excellence in America since 1920. Repertoire includes works composed or arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Randall Thompson, Felix Mendelssohn, Herbert Howells and Virgil Thomson.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bristol Chapel at Westminister Choir College, Princeton (03/1990).



Reviews

Hymns ancient and modern (and recycled)
This is a reissue of a 1990 album (consequently a modest 57 minutes in playing time) by the Westminster Choir under its longtime director Joseph Flummerfelt. It is not British/Anglican style hymn performance--my own preference--but basic American, with a surprising amount of unison singing, which is kind of a shame. When the choir sings a cappella, and/or softly, the sound is quite beautiful. Performances are certainly not bad, but often seem more dutiful than inspired, though the group does get more lively with "How Firm a Foundation." Descants for the sopranos or organ are mostly eschewed, and verses are dropped from nearly every hymn. Other than the stated theme, there seems to be no pattern to the arrangement or choice of the selections included. (One assumes they were the conductor's favorites, as some of the anthems are pretty obscure.) While the sound is good, words are not always as clear as they might be. All sung texts are provided in the booklet, but no credit for either words or music to the hymns. Ah well; you pays your money, and you takes your choice.
Submitted on 10/20/13 by Jim D. 
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>Stanford, Charles Villiers : When in our music God is glorified (tune :: Engelberg), for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Ensemble: Westminster Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O how amiable
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Mendelssohn, Felix : St. Paul :: How lovely are the Messengers
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/18/1836

>Anonymous : Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.

>Arnatt, Ronald : Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Brad Diamond (Tenor); Joan Lippincott (Organ); Edie Yaeger
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional : Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (Tamworth)
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.

>Anonymous, American : My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, hymn (to the tune Resignation)
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : For all the saints
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Anonymous : Like As The Hart (Psalms 42 &43)
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.

>Anonymous : Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.

>Hymnal, New English : The King of love my Shepherd is (tune St. Columba) (457)
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, American : How Firm a Foundation
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>York, David Stanley : Lord Make Me An Instrument
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.

>Thompson, Randall : The Last Words of David, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Messiter, Arthur Henry : Rejoice, ye pure in heart!, hymn
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.

>Anonymous : Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.

>Hymnal, New English : Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart, hymn (tune Slane), no 339
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.

>Anonymous : All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.

>Book, Anonymous, Bay P. : Psalm 100, for chorus ("Old Hundredth")
  • Performers: Ronald Arnatt (Organ); Joan Lippincott (Organ)
  • Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.