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Track(s) taken from CDA67087

Oculi omnium

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Psalm 104

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Recording details: July 1998
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: January 1999
Total duration: 1 minutes 39 seconds

Cover artwork: We Praise Thee, O God (detail) by G P Hutchinson


'All of the music is of the very highest quality. This disc will offer lasting pleasure and satisfaction to cathedral music enthusiasts and newcomers alike' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Rewarding indeed' (Classic FM Magazine)
Like Stanford, his teacher, friend and colleague, Charles Wood (1866–1926) was Irish by birth. After studying at the Royal College of Music in London, Wood took up resi­dence at Selwyn College, Cambridge, moving to Gonville and Caius College upon his appointment as Organist-scholar (1889–1894) before being elected to a fellowship. After the death of Stanford (his former teacher at the Royal College of Music) in 1924, Wood proceeded to the professorship.

Wood’s influence on music was widely felt through his pupils: Vaughan Williams, Armstrong Gibbs, Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir William Harris, and Sir Michael Tippett. But it is evident that Wood appears not to have been an ambitious man and most of his music was published post­humously. He spent much of his life in the shadow of Stanford; Wood’s own compositions have their origins in his teacher’s style and harmonic vocabulary.

Most of Wood’s church music was written with the Cambridge college choirs in mind, with their ability to sing double-choir music with relative ease. Much of his music is beyond the abilities of most parish church choirs. By way of contrast, Oculi omnium is the second of two easy, short, four-part introits published in 1927.

from notes by William McVicker © 1999

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