Samuel Wesley

COMPOSERS: Samuel Wesley
LABELS: ASV Gaudeamus
WORKS: Ave regina caelorum; Might I in Thy Sight Appear; Domine salvam fac
PERFORMER: Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge/Geoffrey Webber
CATALOGUE NO: CD GAU 157 DDD
This issue of music by Samuel Wesley (acclaimed as the ‘English Mozart’ by Boyce) is delightful. Webber and the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, give a vibrant account of the vigorously contrapuntal In exitu Israel, enchant with simple melodiousness in gems like Ave regina caelorum and Might I in Thy Sight Appear (for soprano solo), and enthuse with infectious exuberance in Domine salvam fac. Aptly-chosen organ solos provide additional variety. Nicholas Rast

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