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Stainer: The Crucifixion (Andrew Kennedy/Neal Davis/Huddersfield Choral Society/Cullen)

Andrew Kennedy , Neal Davis , Huddersfield Choral Society , John Stainer , Joseph Cullen Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Joseph Cullen
  • Composer: John Stainer
  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signum Classics
  • ASIN: B002OIS0LM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. And They Came to a Place Named Gethsemane
2. The Agony
3. Processional to Calvary
4. And When They Were Come
5. The Mystery of the Divine Humiliation
6. He Made Himself of No Reputation
7. The Majesty of the Divine Humiliation
8. And As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent
9. God So Loved the World
10. Litany of the Passion
11. Jesus Said, 'Father, Forgive Them'
12. So Thou Liftest Thy Divine Petition
13. The Mystery of the Intercession
14. And One of the Malefactors
15. The Adoration of the Crucified
16. When Jesus Therefore Saw His Mother
17. Is It Nothing to You?
18. The Appeal of the Crucified
19. After This
20. Jesus Knowing That All Things Were Now Accomplished
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite recording 3 Aug 2011
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I bought this on the strength of a very good review (by Jeremy Dibble) in The Gramophone, February 2010, but must admit to being rather disappointed. The performance, though good in itself (all the right notes in all the right places), seems to lack impact, colour and definition, compared with recordings by smaller, brighter cathedral or college choirs. And where is the stunning tuba interjection first heard in the organ accompaniment at bar 8 of 'Fling wide the gates'?

I've always believed 'The Crucifixion' to be an unnecessarily underestimated work that gains much from the right sort of performance. This isn't it, I'm afraid, however caring the preparation and execution. The tenor soloist, the excellent Andrew Kennedy, sings beautifully but with not much passion or sheer oomph, such as the role demands.

One of my favourite features, the wonderful hymn tunes that can be so expressive and moving in their dignity (like the chorales in a Bach passion), are performed in a very monochrome, run-of-the-mill manner.

This sort of performance might suit some listeners, but not me. Nor Stainer, I suspect: he wrote it for the choir of St Marylebone Parish Church in London, presumably with the sound of that type of choir in mind. No reason why larger, mixed amateur choirs shouldn't sing it (as has happened for years in Nonconformist chapels, of course - this is where the work was kept alive) but they need to work hard on expression and dynamics - and words!

It's a dramatic piece, not a religious ramble, and conductors must inspire their performers to see it that way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted 3 Jun 2014
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Brilliant delivery. Excellent recording of John's Stainer's The Crucifixion, which I would very much recommend to everyone - utterly wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 16 April 2013
By singer
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I already have this CD and listen to it regularly. This was bought as a present for a family member. The Huddersfield Choral are on top form!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift 22 Nov 2013
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I have not heard this CD as i bought it for a friend, and have so far received no comment
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just what grandad wanted 11 Dec 2009
By @mkcol
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Gramps asked me to buy it as had partially heard them on a Radio 3 programme. He says that it's wonderful & just what he wanted.
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