Mathias - Choral Music: A May Magnificat, Learsongs, Riddles | Naxos 8574162

Mathias - Choral Music: A May Magnificat, Learsongs, Riddles


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574162

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th January 2020



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 8573523.

This is the Naxos debut recording of the St Johnís Voices, under director Graham Walker. Founded in 2013, the ensemble is already developing an enviable reputation for its high-quality and emotionally charged performances. They undertook their first foreign tour in December 2015, and performed Messiah to sellout halls in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2016, and plans are developing for tours to the US, Canada and Colombia.

The Gentlemen of St Johnís is a professional vocal ensemble made up of the choral and organ scholars of the Choir of St Johnís College, Cambridge. The Gents are particularly noted for their versatility, with a repertoire ranging from early sacred music and folk songs to more modern close-harmony arrangements of jazz standards, pop classics, and contemporary hits. The Gents have built up an extensive discography, and in December of 2017, the Gents released their latest album, White Christmas.

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