Chandos Anthems Vol. 3
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Chandos Anthem No.7. 'My song shall be alway'
Soprano & Chorus
My song shall be always of the loving kindness of the Lord;…
…with my mouth will I ever be shewing thy truth from one generation to another. The Heav'ns shall praise thy wond'rous works, and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
For who is he among the clouds that shall be…
…compared unto the Lord? And what is he among the Gods that shall be like unto the Lord?
Soprano, Tenor & Bass
God is very greatly to be feared in the counsel of the saints,…
…and to be had in reverence of all that are round about him. O Lord, God of hosts, who is like unto thee? Thy truth, most mighty Lord, is on ev'ry side.
Alto & Bass Duet
The heav'ns are thine, the earth is also thine;…
…thou has laid the foundation of the round world.
Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat;…
…mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Blessed is the people, O Lord, that can rejoice in thee;…
…they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
Thou art the glory of their strength. Alleluja.
Chandos Anthem No.8. 'O come, let us sing unto the Lord'
O come, let us sing unto the Lord,…
…let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and show ourselves glad in him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all Gods.
O come, let us worship and fall down,…
…and kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is the Lord our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Glory and worship are before him,…
…power and honour are in his sanctuary.
Tenor & Chorus
Tell it out among the heathen, that the Lord is King,…
…and that he made the world so fast it cannot be moved.
O magnify the Lord, and worship him upon his holy hill,…
…for the Lord our God is holy.
The Lord preserveth the souls of the saints,…
…he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.
For look as high as the heaven is in comparison of the earth,…
…so great is his mercy towards them that fear him.
There is sprung up a light for the righteous,…
…and joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted. Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous!
Chandos Anthem No.9. 'O Praise the Lord with one consent'
O praise the Lord with one consent,
and magnify his name!
Let all the servants of the Lord,
his worthy praise proclaim!
Praise him, all ye that in his house
attend with constant care,
with those that to his utmost courts
with humble zeal repair.
For this our truest int'rest is
glad hymns of praise to sing,
and with loud songs to bless his name,
a most delightful thing.
That God is great we often have
by glad experience found;
and seen how he with wondrous power
above all Gods is crowned.
With cheerful notes let all the earth
to heaven their voices raise!
Let all, inspired with godly mirth,
sing solemn hymns with praise.
God's tender mercy knows no bounds,
his truth shall ne'er decay.
Then let the willing nations round
their greatful tribute pay.
Ye boundless realms of joy
exalt your Maker's fame;
his praise your song employ
above the starry frame.
Your voices raise,
ye Cherubim and Seraphim,
to sing his praise!
Patrizia Kwella soprano
James Bowman counter-tenor
Ian Partridge tenor
Michael George bass
30 January-1 February 1989