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The Doctrine of Wisdom: Sacred Choral Music of William Mathias Import

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". . .the chorus fulfills the promise of this beautiful, affecting music." -- John Von Rhein Chicago Tribune October 1998

"Mathias could harldy have hoped for more persuasive advocacy, nor finer recording." -- Ian March, Rosette award Penguin Guide

"pianissimo singing that retains a warmth while at the same time spinning out the most fragile textures." -- David Denton, Fanfare Magazine March/April 1999

...throughout, the singing is excellent. -- Fanfare Magazine

The chorus fulfills the promise of this beautiful, affecting music. -- Chicago Tribune
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 8, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Paraclete Press
  • ASIN: B00000G3Y1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This collection of some of the sacred choral music written by William Mathias is beautifully sung and extremely well-recorded.

The programme is well-balanced and includes some of Mathias's more virtuosic works for choir, which demand and receive articulate, well-tuned and dynamic performances from the Gloriae Dei Cantores and their director Elizabeth Patterson. Most of the works have received few performances, to my knowledge, and even fewer recordings.

The performers are well-known as exponents of Gregorian chant, but their commitment to and belief in all styles of choral music clearly shines through in these rivetting performances.

The works cover a broad span of Mathias's all-too-quickly-ended life from 1973 to 1992 (the year of his death) and demonstrate both the eclecticism, humour and consistency of his voice as a composer. For those unfamiliar with his works, this is an ideal introduction. For those who already know his work well, like myself, this is a wonderful addition of rareties and a fitting memorial to a composer who is under-represented in the catalogues.

I would give it 10 stars if I could **********
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This disc is a superb find, with rare gems by one of the most brilliant 20th century composers. Taken from life at a far too early age, Mathias' choral works are as fascinating, if not quite as accessible as Vaughan Williams' or Benjamin Britten's. I only wish three additional choral masterpieces were included: "Let All the People Rejoice" Music of St Paul's Cathedral: Anthems Magnificats, "Wassail", found on a 4 CD collection Feast of Christmas Carols , and also by The Choir of New College Oxford/Edward Higginbottom on: Carols from New College, and finally "A Babe is Born", Christmas at Trinity. But that is a very small gripe. The pieces included here are all superb and are more rare, and besides this, the pieces I listed are included on other very fine recordings. If you like beautifully constructed choral harmonies, with dramatic scores for organ and/or orchestra, and especially if you've ever enjoyed choral works by British composers like Benjamin Britten, William Walton or Ralph Vaughan Williams, this disc is a must. Buy this, and you'll definitely want to search out the other pieces I mentioned later.
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This collection of some of the sacred choral music written by William Mathias is beautifully sung and extremely well-recorded.

The programme is well-balanced and includes some of Mathias's more virtuosic works for choir, which demand and receive articulate, well-tuned and dynamic performances from the Gloriae Dei Cantores and their director Elizabeth Patterson. Most of the works have received few performances, to my knowledge, and even fewer recordings.

The performers are well-known as exponents of Gregorian chant, but their commitment to and belief in all styles of choral music clearly shines through in these rivetting performances.

The works cover a broad span of Mathias's all-too-quickly-ended life from 1973 to 1992 (the year of his death) and demonstrate both the eclecticism, humour and consistency of his voice as a composer. For those unfamiliar with his works, this is an ideal introduction. For those who already know his work well, like myself, this is a wonderful addition of rareties and a fitting memorial to a composer who is under-represented in the catalogues.

I would give it 10 stars if I could **********
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It's not necessary to be a student or even a fan of choral music to comprehend the beauty and artistry of this music, the performance, and the recording, which is perhaps the best of its type I have ever heard. The selections are varied in their instrumentation and pace, but all are flawlessly presented in a perfect acoustic setting with superb dynamics. The singing is uniformly excellent whether hushed or powerful.

The music is modern, but very tonal and easy to grasp yet not simple in structure or harmonics. Even if you don't care for opera or other classical vocal music, this is worth a try just for the beautiful sound of it.
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This is the first time I've listened to this group. What a treat! As an amateur chorister myself, I appreciate the wonderful harmonies presented by Gloriae Dei Cantores in THE DOCTRINE OF WISDOM. This CD has a large selection of sacred music--each presented professionally.

This is not simple music to sing, and not at all simple to combine such a large number of voices in balance.

I'm glad I heard about Gloriae Dei Cantores. Now, if they would just travel to San Francisco for a concert, the world would be all right again.

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