WILLIAM MATHIAS (1934-1992): Complete Organ Works - Fanfare, Vexilla Regis Prodeunt, L'Homme Armé, Antphonies, Op. 88/2, Processional, Berceuse, Op. 95/3, Recessional, Op. 96/4, Invocations, Op. 35, Prelude, Elegy and Toccata, Postlude, Fanfare for KBL and Toccata Giocosa, Jubilate, Op. 67/2, Braint, Variations on a Hymn Tune (Braint), Op. 20, Carillon, Fenestra, Canzonetta, Op. 78/2, Fantasy, Op. 78, Chorale "Easter 1966", Partita, Op. 19.

Catalogue Number: 01K090

Label: Priory

Reference: PRCD 870

Format: CD

Price: $35.98

Description: Almost equally divided in number (although not in performance time) between short, often brilliant pieces for public occastions and liturgical use and larger-scale concert works, Mathias shows equal adeptness at both. He admitted to Tippett and Messiaen being his deepest, almost subliminal influences and colors and sounds one associates with the latter pop up not infrequently in many of these compositions. One might single out Berceuse, a haunted, more than slightly creepy work which might be a lullaby leading into a nightmare, and Fenestra, a dramatic darkness-to-light sweep of color and momentum as particularly striking but 20th century organ collectors are likely to equally enjoy the rest of these two well-filled (153 min.) discs. 2 CDs. Richard Lea (organ of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral).

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