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WESLEY, S.S.: Anthems

Composer(s):Wesley, Samuel Sebastian
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.570318
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Samuel Sebastian Wesley was the pre-eminent organist-composer of the early Victorian era. During his career he worked tirelessly for over forty years to raise the standard of music offered in English cathedrals, and this collection of his most popular anthems, including the exquisite Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, reflects the culmination of his achievements in this field. Unashamedly Romantic yet original in style, Wesley’s music speaks with a powerful and wholly distinctive voice.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2007

The son of Samuel Wesley, a famous composer of sacred music, and the grandson of Charles Wesley, the great hymn writer, Samuel Sebastian Wesley became the most important figure in English cathedral music in the 19th century. In his early years he tried composing in many genres, but found he had a ready market and steady income working as a cathedral organist who provided a regular flow of music for his choristers to perform. You would be forgiven in placing Ascribe unto the Lord far later than its 1851 origins, but the modern harmonies used were not typical of a composer who seemed intent on pleasing his audience. The present disc is devoted to Anthems written through much of his career, his love of writing for solo voice creating many



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