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English Choral Music - Stanford: Anthems And Services


Release Date: 07/15/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555794   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Christopher Whitton
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a fine collection of some of Charles Stanford's most enduring church music, sung by one of England's most revered choirs, itself a staple of the country's choral music tradition for more than 300 years. However, there are many fine recordings of Stanford church music in the CD catalog, also sung by superlative choirs steeped in the English cathedral repertoire--choirs from Chichester, Durham, and Portsmouth (all on Priory Records), the Cambridge Singers (Collegium), and Trinity College, Cambridge (Conifer), among others--and so, the question is, if you're looking to acquaint yourself with this beautiful and beloved music, would this be a good place to begin? And the answer is yes, but with the caution that although these Read more performances are not collectively the best, they nevertheless offer faithful, conscientious, well-mannered interpretations that fully honor the substance and style of Stanford's scores.


The service music comes off best, owing to the power of the organ accompaniments and the choir's strongly projected and well articulated statements. The famous Three Latin Motets, staples of concert choir performances all over the world, seem overly reserved and lacking the punch we usually hear--and expect--from these richly expressive pieces. The Communion Service in C is a gem (minus the cumbersome Credo--a text that absolutely defies elegant musical setting), and the choir--probably the most vocally well-integrated of all of England's all-male ensembles--proves its reportorial command as well as its vocal prowess. Sonically, I have no serious complaints--except that I had to turn the volume up higher than my usual listening level to clearly hear and get the full effect of the unaccompanied motets. And I find Naxos' practice of printing track listings only on the back of the jewel box--and not reproducing them in the liner booklet--an irritating and unnecessary inconvenience.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Services in C major, Op. 115: Morning Service - Te Deum by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Motets (3), Op. 38 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1905; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Services in G major, Op. 81: Evening Service - Magnificat by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4.
Short Preludes and Postludes (6), Op. 105: Postlude in D minor by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Christopher Whitton (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
For lo, I raise up, Op. 145 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Services in C major, Op. 115: Evening Service - Magnificat by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7.
Services in C major, Op. 115: Communion Service by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Short Preludes and Postludes (6), Op. 105: no 2, Prelude on a Theme by Orlando Gibbons by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Christopher Whitton (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9.
Services in C major, Op. 115: Evening Service - Nunc dimittis by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
10.
Services in G major, Op. 81: Evening Service - Nunc dimittis by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
11.
Services in C major, Op. 115: Morning Service - Benedictus by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Christopher Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 

Sound Samples

Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Te deum laudamus
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Benedictus
3 Latin Motets, Op. 38: Justorum animae
3 Latin Motets, Op. 38: Coelos ascendit hodie
3 Latin Motets, Op. 38: Beati quorum via
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Magnificat
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Nunc dimittis
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Kyrie
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Credo
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Sanctus
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Benedictus
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Agnus Dei
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in C major, Op. 115: Gloria
6 Short Organ Preludes and Postludes, Op. 105: Organ Prelude in G minor
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in G major, Op. 81: Magnificat
Morning, Communion and Evening Services in G major, Op. 81: Nunc dimittis
6 Short Organ Preludes and Postludes, Op. 105: Organ Postlude in D minor
For lo, I raise up, Op. 145

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