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Chales Villiers Stanford (1852-1924): Choral Music - Stabat Mater, Song to the Soul, The Resurrection / Elizabeth Cragg, soprano; Catherine Hopper, mz.; Robert Murray, tenor; David Soar, bass; Jesper Svedberg, cello

Album Summary

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Stabat Mater, symphonic cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 96
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : To the Soul, for voice & piano, Op. 97/4
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Resurrection, for tenor, chorus, orchestra & organ, Op. 5
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Choral music was central to Charles Villiers Stanford's life as a composer. Balancing solemnity with rapturous affirmation. The Resurrection was his first major choral work, written while he was studying under Carl Reinecke in Leipzig and anticipating Mahler's use of Klopstock's eponymous poem in his "Resurrection" Symphony. The dramatic, at times almost operatic and Wagnerian Stabat Mater is a cantata with two purely orchestral movements suggestive of a large-scale symphony, while Song to the Soul contains some of Stanford's most exhilarating utterances, though it was never performed in his lifetime.

The Classical Reviewer, October 2016
Stanford is still an undeservedly underrated composer. His Stabat Mater is a work of considerable achievement as is this performance from David Hill and the wonderful Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and fine line up of soloists.

The Guardian, 2nd October 2016
Bravo to David Hill, the Bach Choir and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for bringing three neglected large-scale works by Charles Villiers Stanford to wider attention in this excellent recording... Clean-toned soprano Elizabeth Cragg stands out among the soloists.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lighthouse, Poole Center for the Arts, England (11/21/2015/11/22/2015).



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>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Stabat Mater, symphonic cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 96
  • Performer: Jesper Svedberg (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: The Bach Choir
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole Center for the Arts, England (11/21/2015/11/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : To the Soul, for voice & piano, Op. 97/4
  • Performer: Jesper Svedberg (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole Center for the Arts, England (11/21/2015/11/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Resurrection, for tenor, chorus, orchestra & organ, Op. 5
  • Performers: Robert Murray (Tenor); Jesper Svedberg (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole Center for the Arts, England (11/21/2015/11/22/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1875