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The Beatitudes

First line:
Blessed are the poor in spirit
author of text
Matthew 5: 3-12

Mealor’s setting of The Beatitudes represents a welcome addition to the repertoire. The text, from St Matthew’s gospel, sums up Jesus’ teaching about what it means to live as a child of God’s kingdom. Commissioned by St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, and first performed by the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir and St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, the slow-moving harmonies and restrained melodic lines create a calm and cerebral atmosphere. This real drama of Mealor’s setting is revealed in the words 'Rejoice, and be exceeding glad', at which point textures and tessiturae suddenly become expansive and we become viscerally aware of the glory of Christ’s teaching.

from notes by Richard Longman © 2020


Mealor: Blessing & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD613Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on SIGCD613 [5'56] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD613 track 2

Recording date
6 May 2018
Recording venue
St Patrick - St Anthony Church, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Recording producer
David Pettyjohn
Recording engineer
Scott Metcalfe
Hyperion usage
  1. Mealor: Blessing & other choral works (SIGCD613)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: March 2020
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