Portsmouth Choral Union CD 2017
Samuel Wesley was the son of the hymn- writer Charles Wesley and the nephew of John Wesley, the two founders of Methodism. Like his elder brother Charles, he was a musical prodigy, with prodigious abilities as a keyboard player, violinist, and composer. His setting of Confitebor Tibi, Domine (Psalm 111) was composed in the summer of 1799, probably for performance in the following year’s season of Lenten oratorio concert at Covent Garden. It was not performed then and had to wait until 1826 for its premiere. Wesley regarded Confitebor as his masterpiece.
This recording has been made possible due to a generous legacy from Marion Earll, a former long-standing member of the choir.