Chandos Anthems, Vol. 1

 GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
 Chandos Anthem No.1. 'O, be joyful in the Lord' 19:39  
1 Sonata 2:14
  Tenor & Chorus  
2 O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands: 2:00
  Chorus  
3 Serve the Lord with gladness,… 2:12
  …and come from his presence with a song.  
  Soprano & Duet  
4 Be ye sure that the Lord he is God;… 2:36
  …it is he that has made us, and now we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  
  Chorus  
5 O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,… 3:14
  …and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.  
  Soprano, Tenor & Bass. Trio  
6 For the Lord is gracious,… 2:43
  … his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.  
  Chorus  
7 Glory be to the Father,… 1:35
  …glory be to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost.  
  Chorus  
8 As it was in the beginning, is now,… 3:05
  …and ever shall be; world without end. Amen.  
 Chandos Anthem No.2. 'In the Lord put I my trust' 21:46  
9 Sonata 3:54
  Chorus  
10 In the Lord I put my trust!… 4:07
  …How say you then to my soul she shall flee as a bird unto the hill?  
  Tenor  
11 God is a constant sure defence against oppressing rage,… 2:70
  …as troubles rise, his needful aids in our behalf egage.  
  Chorus  
12 Behold! The wicked bend their bow,… 2:44
  …and ready fix their dart, lurking in ambush to destroy the man of upright heart.  
  Tenor  
13 But God, who hears the suff'ring pow'r,… 2:22
  …and their oppression knows, will soon arise and give them rest in spite of all their foes.  
  Chorus  
14 Snares, fire and brimstone on their heads… 1:36
  …shall in one tempest show'r: this dreaful mixture his revenge into their cup shall pour.  
  Tenor  
15 The righteous Lord will righteous deeds… 2:05
  …with signal favour grace, and to the upright man disclose the brightness of his face.  
  Chorus  
16 Then shall my song, with praise inspir'd,… 2:21
  …to thee my God ascend, who to thy servants in distress such bounty didst extend.  
 Chandos Anthem No.3. 'Have mercy upon me' 19:34  
17 Sonata 3:26
  Chorus  
18 Have mercy upon me, O God,… 3:59
  …after thy great goodness: according to the multitude of thy mercies do away mine offences.  
  Soprano & Tenor. Duet  
19 Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness:… 2:55
  …and cleanse me from my sin.  
  Tenor  
20 For I acknowledge my faults:… 0:44
  …and my sin is ever before me.  
  Tenor  
21 Against thee only have I sinned,… 1:36
  …and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified in thy saying, and clear'd when thou art judg'd.  
  Chorus  
22 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness… 2:16
  … that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  
  Soprano  
23 Make me a clean heart, O God:… 2:41
  …and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from the presence: and take not thy holy spirit from me. OI give me the comfort of thy help again: and stablish me with thy free Spirit.  
  Chorus  
24 Then shall I teach Thy ways unto the wicked:… 1:57
  …and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.  
   
 Lynne Dawson soprano
 Ian Partridge tenor
 Michael George bass
 Harry Christophers
  30 November-2 December 1987