Bainton: And I saw a new heaven
Recorded October 2000 at West Vancouver United Church
Edgar Bainton (1880-1956) is today remembered almost exclusively for this beautiful anthem - a setting of Revalation 21. Magnificent depiction of the text through both the writing for voice and organ has ensured this music a place both inside and outside the church. After opening up the vision of ‘a new heaven and a new earth’, we journey through the holy city to hear the ‘great voice out of heaven’ - and the music winds down to a heart-breaking conclusion as the voices sing ‘and God shall wipe away all tears’ - in one of the most exposed tenor lines in the English choral repertoire. Founded by an Anglican organist, musica intima has a long history of works from this canon.
Marianne de Kleer
Bryn Nixon, organ