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Mathias: Choral Music / Owens, Wells Cathedral Choir

Album Summary

>Mathias, William : Let the people praise Thee, O God!, Op. 87
>Mathias, William : Jesus College Service, Op. 53
>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
>Mathias, William : In excelsis gloria
>Mathias, William : Processional for organ
>Mathias, William : Missa brevis, Op. 64
>Mathias, William : Ave verum corpus
>Mathias, William : Carillon for Organ
>Mathias, William : All wisdom is from the Lord, Op. 88 no 3
>Mathias, William : Psalm Collection
>Mathias, William : Rex gloriae, Op. 83
>Mathias, William : Festival Te Deum, Op. 83
>Mathias, William : Jubliate Deo, Op. 90 no 2
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

William Mathias' choral writing draws on a variety of musical traditions, is immediately accessible and likeable whilst demonstrating an architectural sophistication that places it in the top rank of twentieth-century liturgical music. His music features a Celtic mysticism and deep spirituality that enhances such works as 'All wisdom is from the Lord' and 'O nata lux'. This disc includes a comprehensive selection of his works for choir and organ. It is performed by the Wells Cathedral Choir, whose delightfully full-throated, vibrant sound is the perfect vehicle for this repertoire.

'This is one of those recordings that works its way into your spirit and enriches the soul ... Glorious, life-affirming and distinctive choral music in superbly polished performances' (Gramophone)

'This valuable anthology of Mathias's church music ... The performance is marked by a palpable understanding of text and sustained concentration ... Excellent notes by Roderic Dunnett help enormously to 'place' both Mathias and his music' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Mathias fanciers who already have the Christ Church Cathedral Choir or Gloriae Dei Cantores CDs can add this newcomer without significant redundancy ... Conductor Matthew Owens obtains a creamily blended (but not bland sound from his 34 singers ... It is nice to hear a choral group pay as much attention to meaning and characterization as it does to sound per se. Organist Jonathan Vaughn doesn't overwhelm the choristers and is given a chance to bask in his own light in the Processional and Carollon' (International Record Review)



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Works Details

>Mathias, William : Let the people praise Thee, O God!, Op. 87
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Mathias, William : Jesus College Service, Op. 53
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Mathias, William : A babe is born, Op. 55
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mathias, William : In excelsis gloria
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1954

>Mathias, William : Processional for organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Mathias, William : Missa brevis, Op. 64
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1973

>Mathias, William : Ave verum corpus
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Mathias, William : Carillon for Organ
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Mathias, William : All wisdom is from the Lord, Op. 88 no 3
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 07/1982

>Mathias, William : Psalm Collection
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969

>Mathias, William : Rex gloriae, Op. 83 :: 3. O nata lux
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1981

>Mathias, William : Festival Te Deum, Op. 83
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Mathias, William : Jubliate Deo, Op. 90 no 2
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells, Somerset, England (05/21/2008-05/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983