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Quote from: VonStupp on July 07, 2021, 08:57:01 AMCharles StanfordMagnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A, op. 12; G, op. 81; B-flat op. 10; and C op. 115The King's Consort & Choir - Robert King (rec. 2012)Wowsers, what a choral album! I came for the Parry, but I am glad I stayed for the Stanford. If you like choral music, make sure you pick this one up!Pardon my ignorance, but I assume most of our friends east of the Atlantic are familiar with Stanford's Service Music. Yet, it is normally performed with boy choristers and pipe organ, and here it is with a period orchestra and adult mixed chorus, and oh my, what a difference it makes.Far from functional, the orchestra really brings out the beauty of Stanford's music, hidden behind the service aspect. The chamber strings of the Nunc Dimittis in A open into the whole ensemble and quite simply takes my breath away. Catrin Finch's harping and Carolyn Sampson's soprano in the Magnificat in G is some of the most exquisite, heavenly utterances I have heard in a long while.The King's Consort are using instruments from Stanford's time period (1895-1905), and not only do the booklet notes list all of the players, there are descriptions of each of the instruments that are being played.The pipe organ is a Hauptwerk sampling of the Hereford Cathedral for their performance at St. Jude's, but it is hardly worth noting. Excellent!
Quote from: VonStupp on July 07, 2021, 02:34:24 PMAfter hearing some surprisingly exquisite Stanford music today, I thought I would cross post...In addition to Charles Stanford's justly famous The Bluebird, may I also proffer his Three Motets, op. 38 as worthy. A sort of neo-Palestrina style, with Palestrina's clear, arching structure and tryingly difficult, 8-part, a cappella choruses, quite similar to the wonderful a cappella motets by Bruckner. Beati Quorum Via is perhaps my personal favorite with Voces8 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9zgq5qrNGwThere are some samples of them all on Presto: https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7922578--hear-my-prayer alongside VW & Parry, sung by His Majestie's Clerkes.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on July 08, 2021, 01:30:05 PMHave you heard Stanford's "In Haven" - absolutely stunning - up there with the finest unaccompanied British choral music. It was included on this collection by Paul Spicer and his Birmingham Conservatoire Choir...
Quote from: VonStupp on July 08, 2021, 01:46:44 PMI do love Spicer and his college choir. Maybe even more than his time with the Finzi Singers.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on July 11, 2021, 02:13:15 PMI was listening to a couple of Stanford Symphonies today which happened to be adjacent to a couple of Schumann symphonies before. I find it very hard to get beyond the sheer competence of Stanford to hear much of real inspiration and genius in these works. I really DO want to believe that he isn't just Brahms without the jokes but I have to say I'm disappointed.... AGAIN with these works.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on July 10, 2021, 09:48:41 AMNot prompted by this thread but jsut part-way through a first listen to this disc;Gerald Finley has an ideal voice for this repertoire - robust and "hearty" in the best sense. Also, the gentlemen of the BBC NOW Chorus have the upper range which often strains amateur choirs. Great music!
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on July 11, 2021, 04:11:38 PMI consider symphonies 3-6 the best of the seven he composed. The other three sound uninspired, too mainstream. For me, the Chandos recordings are more satisfying than the Naxos ones.
Quote from: Albion on July 12, 2021, 02:59:57 AMI think that Benjamin Luxon's EMI recording is much finer in terms of both character and emotional power. He occasionally swoops around the printed vocal line, but that just adds to the nautical swagger...
Quote from: Roasted Swan on July 12, 2021, 03:11:54 AMI do rate Del Mar very highly.
Quote from: kyjo on July 12, 2021, 06:43:22 AMThe slow movement of the 6th Symphony is just gorgeous beyond words - it has an "Irish/Celtic" feel that foreshadows Bax in his more lyrical moments. It also has a considerable depth of feeling which I don't usually associate with Stanford. I very much enjoy the whole symphony btw.
Quote from: Albion on July 12, 2021, 03:51:03 AMAbsolutely - a woefully-unrecorded and now largely forgotten conductor! The conclusion of Fare Well from Songs of the Fleet is much more overwhelming under his direction than that under the usually-reliable Hickox...
Quote from: Roasted Swan on July 12, 2021, 01:18:49 PM+1 - years ago my mother recalled singing in a performance of this work where a choir member had recently lost a child and she said that the performance nearly broke down during farewell because of all the associated emotion....Perhaps Stanford is one of those lucky/unlucky composers who had a surfeit of technique so that when inspiration failed they could still churn out perfectly serviceable music by the yard! At his best he is a nailed on genius but for me too often I have a feeling a composing by (Austro-Germanic) numbers........preparing to duck.........
QuoteStanford, Charles Villiers (1852-1924) - String Quartets w/ the Dante Quartet - there has been a LOT of activity on the composer's thread lately - my collection has increased over the decade and now own the recordings charted below, all instrumental works (not a huge collector of choral/vocal works post-Baroque, just me and despite Stanford's high standing in his writing for voice, whether sacred or seccular).Stanford wrote 8 String Quartets - I'm listening from a Spotify playlist which also includes the Dante Quartet doing his String Quintets, thus recordings from 4 CDs - my British Music cabinet is FULL, so don't plan to purchase these CDs separately - if boxed into a small container, then a consideration, but Spotify on my den speakers sounds fine; these have received a lot of 'review attention' - attached are both Fanfare and MusicWeb comments on all of the works for those interested. Dave P.S. click images to enlarge.
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