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Guildford Cathedral Choir, directed by Barry Rose, with Gavin Williams (organ):
Various recordings made at daily Evensong between 1963 and 1970. Thanks to Jennifer Gratwick for inspiring the track title!
1. “The wilderness and the solitary place”
(Anthem written in 1832, a few weeks after the composer arrived to take up his post as Organist & Master of the Choristers at Hereford Cathedral. Text: Isaiah 35, vv 1-2, 4, 6, 8, 10)
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. Say to them of a fearful heart: Be strong, fear not, behold, your God, he will come and save you; even God, he will come and save you. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And a highway shall be there; it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
2. “Wash me throughly”
(Composed circa 1840. Text from Psalm 51)
Wash me throughly from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me.
3. “Praise the Lord, my soul”
(Anthem published in 1861. This performance took place when Guildford Cathedral choir was only two years old. Our apologies for the minute-long tape drop-out, 4 minutes in. These archive tapes are very old!)
Praise the Lord, my soul, and all that is within me praise His holy name! I laid me down and slept, and rose up again, for the Lord sustained me. O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my king and my God. Early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. O hearken thou, my king and my God. Hearken thou unto the voice of my cry, give ear, O Lord, give ear unto my words; O Lord, to thee will I make my prayer. Let all them that trust in thee rejoice: they shall ever be giving of thanks. And let all them rejoice and trust in thee. Let all them rejoice, because thou defendedst them They that love thy name shall be joyful in thee.
As for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy, and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. Lead me, Lord; lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face, for it is thou, Lord, only that makes me dwell in safety.
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