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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

1974 Harrison
1974 Harrison/Wells Cathedral, England, UK

A Few Rare Welsh Bits

…intriguing choral and organ repertoire from or about Wales, to honor the country’s patron, Saint David, and the ‘Land of Song’.

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

TRADITIONAL:  Hymn, Hyfrydol –Pontarddulais Male Choir/Noel G. Davies, director; David Bell (1921 Willis/Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales) Conifer 137

WILLIAM MATHIAS:  Let the people praise thee, Op. 87 –Wells Cathedral Choir/Matthew Owens; Jonathan Vaughn (1974 Harrison/Wells Cathedral, England) Hyperion 67740

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:  3 Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes (Bryn Calfaria & Hyfrydol) –Robert Joyce (1958 Hill, Norman & Beard/Llandaff Cathedral, Wales) EMI 85416; (Rhosymedre) –Alan McGuinness (1998 Wood/St. Asaph Cathedral, Wales) Regent 287

HAROLD CARPENTER LUMB STOCKS:  Variations on Y Delyn Aur/The Golden Harp –John Hosking (1898 Hill-1998 Wood/St. Asaph Cathedral, Denbighshire, Wales) Regent 402

WILLIAM MATHIAS:  As truly as God is our Father –Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London/John Scott; Andrew Lucas (Mander/St. Paul Cathedral, London) Hyperion 66519

WILLIAM MATHIAS:  Fantasy, Op. 78 (1978) –John Scott (Mander/St. Paul Cathedral, London) Nimbus 5367

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Hour 2

TERTIUS NOBLE:  Prelude on Aberystwyth –John Scott Whiteley (1903-1960 Walker/York Minster, England) Priory 1116

WILLIAM MATHIAS:   All thy works shall praise thee –St. Alban’s Abbey Girls Choir and Lay Clerks/Tom Winpenny; Michael Papadopoulos (1962 Harrison/St. Alban’s Cathedral, England) Naxos 8.573523

MANSEL THOMAS:  Anthem, For thy servant David –Llandaff Cathedral Choir/Michael Smith; Michael Hoeg (1958 Hill, Norman & Beard/Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Llandaff, Wales) Priory 510

W. T. BEST:  Concert Fantasia on a Welsh March (Gorhoffedd Gwyr Harlech/Men of Harlech) –Thomas Heywood (1927 Casavant-2002 Schantz/St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN) PD Archive (r. 9/15/03)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:  2 Organ Preludes founded on Welsh Folk Songs (Toccata, St. David’s Day & Romanza, The White Rock) –David Briggs (1912 Walker/Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon, England) Albion 021/22

JOHN HOSKING:  Te Deum –Selwyn College Chapel Choir & Ely Girls Choir/Sarah MacDonald; Timothy Parsons (1908-2001 Harrison/Ely Cathedral, England) Regent 438 (this work commissioned by and premiered at St. Asaph’s Cathedral, Wales)

ALEXANDER MASON:  Improvisation on Suo Gan –Alexander Mason (1883 Willis-2000 Harrison/St. David’s Cathedral, Wales) Regent 319

JOHN HUGHES:  Hymn, Arwelfa –1988 Male Chorus Festival Choir/Haydn James; Carys Hughes (Willis-Harrison/Royal Albert Hall, London) Polyphonic 004D

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The Welsh patronal feast, Saint David’s Day, is observed on March 1.


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