Words: Peter Cornelius
Music: Peter Cornelius arr. Atkins
When Worcester Cathedral’s organist Ivor Atkins came across Cornelius’s 19th-century song ‘Die Könige’ he knew he had struck gold. In his atmospheric arrangement of the epiphany carol, Atkins gives Cornelius’s words and melody to a baritone soloist. A four-part choir singing Phillippe Nicolai’s 16th-century hymn ‘How Brightly Shines the Morning Star’ accompanies the baritone’s tale of ‘three Kings from Persian lands afar’.