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Track(s) taken from CDA66678
Recording details: July 1993
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1994
Total duration: 5 minutes 4 seconds

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
Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens (conductor), Jonathan Vaughn (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
'Mathias: Choral Music' (CDA67740)
Mathias: Choral Music
'The Music of St Paul's Cathedral' (SPCC2000)
The Music of St Paul's Cathedral
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