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Festival Te Deum, Op 28

1964; commissioned for the choir of Manchester Cathedral on the occasion of the 1965 Cathedral Arts Festival; published 1965
author of text
Book of Common Prayer

Mathias’s resplendent Festival Te Deum Op 28 (first performed in 1965 by the Manchester Cathedral choir under Derrick Cantrill) and O be joyful in the Lord (Jubilate Deo) Op 90 No 2 (written in 1983 for the University of Texas choir) are not strictly related, yet—as the keys blend perfectly—how brilliantly they complement each other. There is a Brittenesque ease, assurance and skill at varying textures. In the Te Deum, the men’s voice-led canon at ‘O Lord, in thee have I trusted’ is especially masterly, while the organ part of the Jubilate shows us Mathias in display vein, at his most brilliant.

from notes by Roderic Dunnett 2009


Mathias: Choral Music


Track 17 on CDA67740 [7'13]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67740 track 17

Recording date
5 June 2008
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Mathias: Choral Music (CDA67740)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: May 2009
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