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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

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 

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