The Hymn Makers - Charles Wesley: Love Divine

Thursday 1st December 1994
The Hymn Makers - Charles Wesley: Love Divine
The Hymn Makers - Charles Wesley: Love Divine

STYLE: Hymnody
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 6367-6221
LABEL: Kingsway KMCD583
FORMAT: CD Album
RELEASE DATE: 1994-04-22
RRP: £14.67

Reviewed by Jonathan Priday

There can surely be no doubt that the title King Of Hymn Writers belongs to Charles Wesley. Although many of his 6,500 hymns have been forgotten and many others drastically edited -some from as many as 23 verses! - no hymnbook is complete without a sprinkling of his gems. Add to all this the fact that the composers of the tunes reads like a musical roll of honour -Orlando Gibbons, GF Handel, WA Mozart, Stainer, Mendelssohn and the task facing Christopher Norton and Paul Leddington Wright becomes even more daunting. But they have managed to produce a collection which, while sure to upset some by its omissions, includes the great favourites. What's more, their arrangements are familiar enough not to offend yet fresh enough to breathe new life into even the best loved - "Love Divine", "Rejoice The Lord Is King", "O For A Thousand Tongues". The new tunes from Norton and Wright also work well. The singing of Coventry's St Michael's Singers is clear, controlled and a delight throughout. A source of inspiration to musical directors and a source of delight to hymn lovers.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Rejoice The Lord Is King [Listen]
2. Love Divine All Love Excelling [Listen]
3. And Can It Be That I Should Gain [Listen]
4. I Know That My Redeemer Lives [Listen]
5. Forth In Thy Name O Lord I Go [Listen]
6. Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending [Listen]
7. O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing [Listen]
8. Behold The Servant Of The Lord [Listen]
9. Earth, Rejoice, Our Lord Is King [Listen]
10. Give Me The Faith Which Can Remove [Listen]
11. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus [Listen]
12. Father Of Everlasting Grace [Listen]
13. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing [Listen]

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