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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: 5 minutes 15 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)

Let the people praise thee, O God, Op 87
composer
dedicated to Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales on the occasion of their Marriage at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday 29 July 1981
author of text
Psalm 67, adapted

Other recordings available for download
St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Introduction
A mixture of French influences—Vierne, Langlais, Alain, Messiaen—is a striking ‘Continental’ element in Mathias’s powerfully individual choral style, and this affirms itself in Let the people praise thee, O God, an ebullient anthem composed as the Principality’s main musical contribution to the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981. Even from student days, the young Mathias betrayed an unnervingly natural and instinctive rhythmic fluency and verve which one might justifiably compare to Britten’s. This exciting royal offering also illustrates to perfection the vital, often independent organ parts that uplift many of Mathias’s sacred and secular choral compositions. The tender passage for unbroken voices (with rocking accompaniment) midway through Let the people praise thee, O God exemplifies both Mathias’s experience and his melodic gift for fashioning sustained passages from almost plainsong-like bare fragments; the simple beauty of his solo writing evident in numerous works (the Harp Concerto, for instance, or the Passacaglia of the Organ Concerto) emerges clearly here also.

from notes by Roderic Dunnett 2009


Other albums featuring this work
'The English Anthem, Vol. 4' (CDA66678)
The English Anthem, Vol. 4
'The Music of St Paul's Cathedral' (SPCC2000)
The Music of St Paul's Cathedral
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