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Stanford: Stabat Mater, Etc / Hickox, Bbc Philharmonic


Release Date: 07/15/1997 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9548   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Pamela Helen StephenIngrid AttrotNigel RobsonStephen Varcoe,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leeds Philharmonic ChorusBBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Charles Villiers Stanford was one of the pillars of English musical life in the early twentieth century. Known to the public as a composer and conductor of the Leeds Philharmonic, he was also, in his capacity as Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, mentor to an important generation of emergent English composers, including Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams. In addition, he was director of the Leeds Triennial Choral Festival, which served to further the English oratorio tradition, and it is to that tradition that much of his music belongs.
The Stabat Mater, subtitled "Symphonic Cantata" is one of Stanford's most substantial choral works. It was highly esteemed by Vaughan Williams and bears some similarities to
Read more that composer's 'Sea Symphony' or Elgar's 'Dream of Gerontius.' Richard Hickox directs the BBC Philharmonic, the very appropriately chosen Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and a colorful quartet of soloists in this grandly affectionate performance, captured for the work's first recording in sumptuous Chandos sound. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Services in B flat major, Op. 10: Morning Service - Te Deum by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen (Mezzo Soprano), Ingrid Attrot (Soprano), Nigel Robson (Tenor),
Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Darius Battiwalla (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leeds Philharmonic Chorus,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879/1910; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Stabat Mater, Op. 96 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Nigel Robson (Tenor), Darius Battiwalla (Organ), Pamela Helen Stephen (Mezzo Soprano),
Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Ingrid Attrot (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leeds Philharmonic Chorus,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 43 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Bible Songs (6), Op. 113 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Ian Watson (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909 
Date of Recording: 06/11/1996 
Venue:  St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Stabat mater, Op. 96: Prelude –
Stabat mater, Op. 96: Quartet and Chorus: Stabat Mater dolorosa
Stabat mater, Op. 96: Intermezzo –
Stabat mater, Op. 96: Quartet and Chorus: Eja Mater, fons amoris
Stabat mater, Op. 96: Quarter and Chorus: Virgo virginum praeclara
6 Hymns, Op.113: No. 1. A Song of Freedom
6 Hymns, Op.113: No. 2. A Song of Trust
6 Hymns, Op.113: No. 3. A Song of Hope
6 Hymns, Op.113: No. 4. A Song of Peace
6 Hymns, Op.113: No. 5. A Song of Battle
6 Hymns, Op.113: No. 6. A Song of Wisdom
Te Deum, Op. 66

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