The Throne of God
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If you like the choral works of Vaughan-Williams you should enjoy Sowerby's music.

This disc features concert recordings of performances given between 1986 and 1995, including the historic 90th birth celebration "Remembering Leo" held on February 21, 1986. The Throne of God, Interlude, and God Mounts His Throne are all world premiere recordings (The Throne of God lasts over 45 minutes). William Ferris, a student and dear friend of Leo Sowerby writes: "Leo Sowerby is remembered today as America's foremost composer of Organ and liturgical music, but during the first part of the century he was among our most often performed symphonic composers. His intensely personal and highly individual style requires a long familiarity and sensitivity in performance, and when such care is expended, a compelling, powerful, daring and original music emerges. The Throne of God has proved to be the towering masterwork of Sowerby's mature period. Filled with brilliant choral and Orchestral writing, it is in many ways a perfect summation of the daring inventiveness and heartfelt sincerity found in Sowerby's previous compositions, both sacred and secular. After its premiere on November 18, 1957, Paul Hume, the music critic for the Washington Post wrote: "applause contrary to all tradition, shattered the sacred precincts of Washington Cathedral last night to honor a great living composer. Sowerby, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has given Washington Cathedral a worthy momento of its anniversary." The Throne of God is a huge work, certain to change people's impression of Sowerby and his music.
Contents:
Leo Sowerby, composer
The Throne of God
William Ferris Chorale, Composer Festival Orchestra, Thomas Weisflog, Organ, William Ferris, conductor

Leo Sowerby, composer
Interlude
Thomas Weisflog, Organ

Leo Sowerby, composer
Fanfare No. 3
Thomas Weisflog, Organ

Leo Sowerby, composer
Thy Word is a Lantern Unto My Feet
William Ferris Chorale, William Ferris, conductor

Leo Sowerby, composer
Ad te levavi animam meam
William Ferris Chorale, William Ferris, conductor

Leo Sowerby, composer
God Mounts His Throne
William Ferris Chorale, William Ferris, conductor

Leo Sowerby, composer
Come, Risen Lord
William Ferris Chorale, William Ferris, conductor

Review:
"Leo Sowerby is remembered today as America's foremost composer of Organ and liturgical music, but in the first part of this century he was better known as a symphonic composer. If Sowerby is your cup tea, then these (TROY232-TROY238) are discs that you will treasure." (American Record Guide)
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