William Mathias - Ave Rex, A Carol Sequence* • Elegy for a Prince** • This Worlde’s Joie***

Sir Geraint Evans, bass-baritone**
Janet Price, soprano
Kenneth Bowen, tenor
Michael Rippon, baritone***
Welsh National Opera Chorus*
The Bach Choir***
St George’s Choristers***
London Symphony Orchestra*
New Philharmonia Orchestra** ***
David Atherton, conductor* **
Sir David Willcocks, conductor***

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 1994 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.324
UPC/EAN: 5020926032423
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 78.44
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

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"Here are three works for voice and orchestra, two choral, one for soloist, written between 1969 and 1974. They have a good deal in common yet enough separate identity for them to comprise an acceptably varied programme, the Elegy forming a relatively tough and tangy item to be sandwiched in between the choral collections. Of these Ave Rex is a set of carols, "Sir Christmas" being now by far the best known, and This Worlde’s Joie a cantata in four movements, nearly 50 minutes long, employing a boys’ choir as well as the usual force of soloists, mixed choir and orchestra. Sir Geraint Evans, who gave the Elegy’s first performance, sings with authority and dark coloration. The soloists in the cantata are excellent … Willcocks and Atherton conduct with vigour and care for detail, and the recordings are admirably clean" Gramophone

Ave Rex, A Carol Sequence, Opus 45 William Mathias 12.50
1 1. Ave Rex 2.59
2 2. Alleluya, a New Work is come on Hand 1.31
3 3. There is no Rose of such virtue 5.06
4 4. Sir Christemas 1.21
5 5. Ave Rex 1.53
6 Elegy for a Prince, Opus 59 William Mathias 16.59
This Worlde's Joie, Opus 67 William Mathias 48.43
7 1. Part One: Spring (Youth) 15.45
8 2. Part Two: Summer (Maturity) 12.34
9 3. Part Three: Autumn (Decline) - Part Four 20.24