Mathias: Choral Music
Format: COMPACT DISC
Gentlemen of St. John's; Lahlou, Aïda; Crook, Hugh; St. John's Voices; Walker, Graham; Hart, Shanna; Dempsey, Glen; Kendall, Marie-Noëlle; Ellis, David
William Mathias wrote some of the most imaginative, communicative and joyful choral music of the mid- to late 20th century. These qualities are perhaps most clearly represented in his substantial catalogue of works for choir and, in particular, his settings of sacred texts, notably the invigorating A Babe is Born and the hauntingly beautiful Ave verum corpus, one of his last compositions. This selection also includes the both serious and entertaining sequence of Riddles and the rapt, ecstatic A May Magnificat. More Mathias choral music can be heard on prior Naxos releases.