Mathias: Church & Choral Music / Darlington, Lawson, et al

Album Summary

>Mathias, William : Missa Aedis Christi, Op. 92
>Mathias, William : Jesus College Service, Op. 53
>Mathias, William : Ave Rex, Op. 45
>Mathias, William : Rex gloriae, Op. 83
>Mathias, William : I will celebrate
>Mathias, William : Let the people praise Thee, O God!, Op. 87
>Mathias, William : O how amiable, Op. 90 no 3
>Mathias, William : Canzonetta for Organ, Op. 78 no 2
>Mathias, William : A Grace, Op. 89 no 3
>Mathias, William : As truly as God is our Father
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Christ Church, Oxford, has produced another distinguished recording, with Stephen Darlington conducting a choir fully in sympathy with William Mathias's choral music. And what an attractive programme it is! There is a neat transition from the antiphon O Rex Gloriae to the little Canzonetta for organ, played by Simon Lawford with understanding and a fair degree of emotional restraint. To have placed that short organ piece at that precise point in the programme was one of those felicitous strokes of programme planning that prompts me to place this disc in a higher category than several other choral recordings I can think of, all of equal merit in other respects.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
These are simply radiant performances. The boy trebles rather dominate yet the overall blend of the voices is impressive offering a pleasing tonal colouring and firm ensemble. The sound quality is ideal, communicating a fine balance between immediacy and intimacy. Nimbus has done a fine job.



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Works Details

>Mathias, William : Missa Aedis Christi, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1984
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mathias, William : Jesus College Service, Op. 53
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1971
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mathias, William : Ave Rex, Op. 45
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mathias, William : Rex gloriae, Op. 83
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1981
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mathias, William : I will celebrate
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mathias, William : Let the people praise Thee, O God!, Op. 87
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1981
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mathias, William : O how amiable, Op. 90 no 3
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mathias, William : Canzonetta for Organ, Op. 78 no 2
  • Performer: Simon Lawford (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mathias, William : A Grace, Op. 89 no 3
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mathias, William : As truly as God is our Father
  • Performer: Simon Lawford (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Darlington
  • Ensemble: Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987
  • Studio/Live: Studio