Please Give A Listen to The Very Talented Rob Mathes

Up until a couple days ago I had never heard of Rob Mathes. In the music industry however, he is very well know.

As an arranger Rob has orchestrated music for a number of stars all over the stylistic spectrum from Elton John, Tony Bennett, Mary J Blige, and Tim McGraw to Lou Reed, Sade, Eric Clapton, Jay Z, Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, Beck, Aretha Franklin, Hall and Oates, and Mariah Carey, also working with Classical artists such as Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel, and Yo Yo Ma. Sting recorded Mathes’ arrangement of the classic American song “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” with Trumpeter Chris Botti. He arranged “You’ll Never Walk Alone” for The Three Tenors-Live In Paris CD and was the arranger and guitarist on the last six Pavarotti and Friends concerts held each year in Modena, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti’s hometown.

As a composer, Grammy winning conductor Leonard Slatkin commissioned Rob to write a piece based on Gershwin themes called “Gershwiniana” for The Los Angeles Philharmonic. His “A Standing Ground: Concertino For Orchestra” was just premiered by The Nashville Symphony conducted by Slatkin in February. He is currently working on a piece for The Britten Sinfonia, one of London’s finest contemporary ensembles.

As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Oleta Adams, Aaron Neville, The Rascal Flatts, Wynonna Judd and Vanessa Williams among many others.

In 1995, Mathes released a Christmas record, William the Angel. And then in 1998 recorded a Christmas concert for PBS (Christmas is Coming). It appears there was a CD release of that concert. But Mathes’ website says it is scheduled for releases “soon.”

He continues to tour and puts on a Christmas concert every year. I’m going to feature several of his songs tonight.

I can’t really say any more about Rob Mathes but suggest you take a listen.  Very talented, spirited Christmas music that does not get radio airplay (and is a welcome relief to what does).

Wake Up It’s Christmas Morning

When The Baby Grew Up

William the Angel

Rise Up/Go Tell It On The Mountain

Silent Night

 

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