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Lux in tenebris (1895) by Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919)
The De Morgan Centre, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67740
Recording details: June 2008
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: May 2009
Total duration: 6 minutes 19 seconds

'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 Carillon' (International Record Review)

All wisdom is from the Lord, Op 88 No 3
composer
1982; dedicated to Richard Seal; commissioned by the 1982 Southern Cathedrals Festival and first performed on 23 July 1982 in Salisbury Cathedral by Chichester, Winchester and Salisbury Cathedral Choirs conducted by Richard Seal, with Colin Walsh (organ)
author of text
Ecclesiasticus 1: 1-10

Introduction
The mysterious All wisdom is from the Lord, composed for the Southern Cathedrals Festival in Salisbury in July 1982, reveals the wonders Mathias could achieve with even a unison line. Obscure and impenetrable, it is as if here some Middle Earth were being probed into, Lord of the Rings-style, in search of an elusive quality that is properly the property of deity. It feels like a remarkably brave attempt by Mathias to penetrate the very human mind and soul.

from notes by Roderic Dunnett 2009

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