Stanford: Choral Music

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CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD
Stanford: Choral Music
Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 10 July 2017

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A programme spanning the variety and sheer emotional range of Stanford's Anglican choral music (with a notable contribution from Owain Park in the Fantasia and Toccata for organ). You are unlikely to hear quite so stirring a rendition of 'St Patrick's Breastplate' for some time to come…

"If a disc of sacred Victoriana conjures images of kid gloves and more-tea-vicar, then this is the recording to banish them once and for all. Tea cups are shattered along with prim liturgical proprieties in a recording that reclaims this repertoire as the full-blooded Christian battle cry that it is." Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice, July 2017

"Stanford was tremendously influential, leaving us a rich collection of choral and symphonic music that includes 7 symphonies, but his richest contributions and the more lasting of his music are his choral works to be performed in church in the Anglican tradition. This CD is an excellent survey of this music, and it's a worthwhile listen and highly recommended." AudAud.com

"Stocked with female voices rather than boy trebles, the Trinity choir attack this repertoire with a brisk attack and mature aplomb under Stephen Layton's sensitive direction. There is so much to cherish here, whether Stanford is punching the air or praying in quiet wonderment" BBC Music

"This is an extremely fine disc. The Trinity College choir has a well-deserved reputation as a top-rank ensemble and this new addition to their discography is absolutely up to the standards we have come to expect. These are performances which show why Stanford's reputation as a composer of excellent liturgical music is so deservedly secure." MusicWeb

Tracks:

For lo, I raise up, Op. 145
Te Deum (from Service in C major, Op 115)
Lighten our darkness
Benedictus (from Service in C major, Op 115)
O for a closer walk with God, Op. 113 No. 6
Jubilate (from Service in C major, Op 115)
Magnificat in B flat for double choir, Op. 164
Fantasia and Toccata in D minor, Op. 57
Eternal Father, Op. 135 No. 2
St Patrick's Breastplate

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford-Choral Music-Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton