Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria Glory be to God on high
Movement 3: Sanctus Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts
Movement 4: Benedictus Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord
Movement 5: Agnus Dei O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world
You could mistake the bracing and pithy Sanctus, with its insistent, lovely chordings, for fired-up Fauré; the semi-staccatoed organ in the Benedictus beautifully sustains the alla breve unfolding of the voices; while the Agnus Dei could be seen as the masterpiece of the whole Mass: Mathias, like his contemporary John Sanders (one-time organist of Gloucester Cathedral), had a knack of making tonality—offset by intervening silences—work wonders.
from notes by Roderic Dunnett © 2009