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Stainer: Crucifixion / Kay, Hill, George, Bbc Singers, Et Al


Release Date: 04/22/1997 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9551   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Stainer
Performer:  Michael GeorgeMartyn HillMargaret Phillips
Conductor:  Brian Kay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leith Hill Festival SingersBBC Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Crucifixion is surely Stainer's most enduring composition. To use Piers Burton-Page's words (in the CD booklet's affectionate tribute to the work), which 'mighty cathedral or humble parish church, town hall or assembly room' has not witnessed a performance of the work since its appearance in 1887? Although critics have doubted the integrity of both music and text, the work has held its own and continues to bear musical testimony to the Anglican religiosity that formed it: muscular but tempered — despite the common assumptions — with dignified sentiment, democratic in its employment of the congregation, and dutifully respectful of past role models.

Capturing all these properties from the outset, Kay's recording is made all
Read more the more heartfelt and absorbing by the soloists and accompanist; exquisite solo singing is supported by a judicious organ accompaniment, none of the protagonists ever overplaying their expressive hands nor undervaluing their powers to move.

-- Andrew McCrea, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Crucifixion by John Stainer
Performer:  Michael George (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Conductor:  Brian Kay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leith Hill Festival Singers,  BBC Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
Length: 74 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

The Crucifixion: Recitative: And they came to a place named Gethsemane (Tenor)
The Crucifixion: The Agony: Could ye not watch with Me one brief hour? (Bass, Chorus) - Recitative: And they laid their hands on Him (Tenor, Bass)
The Crucifixion: Processional to Calvary: Fling wide the Gates! For the Saviour waits (Tenor, Chorus)
The Crucifixion: Recitative: And when they were come (Bass)
The Crucifixion: Hymn: The Mystery of the Divine Humiliation
The Crucifixion: Recitative: He made Himself of no reputation (Bass)
The Crucifixion: The Majesty of the Divine Humiliation (Tenor)
The Crucifixion: Recitative: And as Moses lifted up the serpent (Bass)
The Crucifixion: Chorus: God so loved the world
The Crucifixion: Hymn: Litany of the Passion
The Crucifixion: Recitative: Jesus said, Father, forgive them (Tenor, Chorus)
The Crucifixion: Duet: So Thou liftest Thy divine petition (Tenor, Bass)
The Crucifixion: Hymn: The Mystery of the Intercession
The Crucifixion: Recitative: And one of the malefactors (Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
The Crucifixion: Hymn: The Adoration of the Crucified
The Crucifixion: Recitative: When Jesus therefore saw His mother (Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
The Crucifixion: Recitative: Is it nothing to you? (Bass)
The Crucifixion: Chorus: The Appeal of the Crucified
The Crucifixion: Recitative: After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished (Tenor, Chorus)
The Crucifixion: Hymn: For the love of Jesus

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