During the early-90s, Paul Basler, an American, spent a year as a Fulbright lecturer at Kenyatta University outside of Nairobi, and this Alleluia setting reflects those Kenyan influences. It’s a rhythmic and earthy hymn in praise of God. Basler is a French horn player so there’s an obbligato horn part for his instrument along with piano and percussion accompaniment.
Then a contemplative setting by the distinguished American composer Randall Thompson. Thompson’s 1940 setting was inspired by the effect of the Second World War on Europe, particularly the fall of France.
Recorded 23 March 2019, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul by RNZ Concert
Producer: David McCaw
Engineer: Darryl Stack