Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876): Who can express the noble acts of the Lord? – Paul Phoenix soloist

Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–1876) was the illegitimate son of Samuel Wesley (1766–1837) and his housekeeper, Sarah Suter, the Sebastian part of his name is in honour of Johann Sebastian Bach whose music his father loved. Despite the stigma of being illegitimate –  which was an almost insurmountable obstacle in late nineteenth century,  Britain he became the most important composer of English church music between Purcell and Stanford. "Who can express the noble acts of the Lord?" is the second movement of Wesley’s "O give thanks unto the Lord"  a setting of verses from Psalm 106 it’s a beautiful aria for either treble solo or full trebles whose melodic charm reminds me of Mendelssohn at his best. The treble soloist in the performance below is  Paul Phoenix. Yes, that Paul Phoenix. Enjoy :-).

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Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876): Who can express the noble acts of the Lord? – Paul Phoenix soloist

Who can express the noble acts of the Lord
or show forth all His praise?
For thou, O Lord, art good and gracious
unto all them that call on Thee, on
of great mercy unto all them that call upon Thee.
All nations whom Thou hast made
shall come and worship Thee,
O Lord, and shall glorify thy name.
For thou art good and doest wondrous things:
for only thou art holy, thou only art the Lord.
For thou art great and doest wondrous things.
Who can express the noble acts of the Lord,
or show forth all his praise?

Performers: St Paul’s Cathedral Choir directed by Barry Rose. Paul Phoenix treble soloist.

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