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Track(s) taken from CDA66618

Expectans expectavi

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St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Recording details: July 1991
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1993
Total duration: 4 minutes 28 seconds


'A rich feast indeed' (Gramophone)

'This is a lovely programme' (Organists' Review)
As a composer, Charles Wood (1866-1926) exhibited ‘fastidious taste and fine scholarship’. Wood wrote most of his church music in his later years, and it seems only a matter of time before his larger choral works, and his chamber and orchestral music come under closer scrutiny. Wood was an important teacher at Cambridge University where he became Professor of Music in 1924 following Stanford’s death. He had been a pupil of Stanford’s at the Royal College of Music and perhaps suffered from being in that composer’s shadow.

Expectans expectavi was published in 1919. It is slightly unusual in its construction: it has a short but effective pianissimo coda, and a bar of silence before the build-up to the climax begins.

from notes by William McVicker © 1992

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