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Stainer: Crucifixion / Kay, Hill, George, BBC Singers, et al

Album Summary

>Stainer, John : God so loved the world
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Stainer's Crucifixion unfolds with a seamless ease, never jolting the listener with gratuitous theatricality or the type of rhetorical intensity which the English find mildly embarrassing.

The emotional engagement here is about an unintrusive sobriety, affected by a glowing sentimental identification with the Saviour's plight.

One has to admire Stainer for writing a challenging work of sensible length which, without an orchestra, is achievable and satisfying for a capable parish choir: Stainer's Crucifixion is a celebration of amateurism, that cherished English virtue. Brian Kay has worked a great deal with committed amateurs, in this case the Leith Hill Festival Singers, the festival of which he's director. There's an underlying freshness of expression here, of singers with eyes and ears on stalks and a real sense of purpose. They are fortified by the excellent BBC Singers. Margaret Phillips's imaginative, genial registrations, not to mention her skilful accompaniment, provide notable support to the fine contributions of the solosits. An unself regarding and genuine performance.


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Works Details

>Stainer, John : God so loved the world
  • Performers: BBC Singers (Voice); Michael George; Martyn Hill; Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ); Leith Singers (Voice)
  • Conductor: Brian Kay
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/13/1997-01/14/1997)
  • Running Time: 67 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1887