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Stanford: Anthems And Services

9 Jun. 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 Jun. 2003
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:11:10
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  • ASIN: B001LZKF3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,945 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Davis on 5 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This CD is in Naxos' English Choral Music series, one of their highest quality projects so far, utilising the skills of the Choir of St John's College Cambridge.

Stanford is the 19th century Ireland born father of 20th century English Choral music. His Services and Anthems are as English as cricket played on a village green. This is music born of Victorian confidence. Assured, serene settings for a world that had yet to experience the horrors of the First World War. Some of it is perhaps just a little too sweet sounding for our ears today.

The standout works are the Three Latin Motets. Though they were composed in the 1880's they sound more modern. Compared with his other church music their melodies are tauter and their harmonies are drier. Their back-to-the-future uses of English 16th century choral music influences also make them more 20th century in their conception. They are, quite simply, beautiful.

The idea that Stanford was an old dog who couldn't learn new musical tricks is brought into question by his Communion Service in C from around 1909. Written several years after Ralph Vaughan Williams had edited The English Hymnal and put his then novel style all over it, Stanford can be heard responding to the new breeze blowing through English church music.

For many people Stanford's church music remains worth hearing in it's own right. The one area of his music that did not go out of fashion after the First World War. This music is also worth hearing as a background to 20th Century British church composition. He both taught the next two generations of British composers and influenced their church music, as this disc shows. The CD is worth hearing in its own right.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William Burn VINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2008
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Stanford in C. There are few phrases so evocative for any musician who has spent any period of time performing English church music. The words are redolent with faded Victorian pomp, a little like those glass cases full of stuffed birds, or a large, overstuffed armchair. The phrases move along in their steady four-four rhythm, with a gently plodding bass-line below, and occasional moments where the basses get a rest, and the top voices drift away on a melody that would rather like to be limpid, but had a little too much for lunch. But, despite all this, and it is so easy to mock Stanford, I love his music. His evening service in C maybe a little full of hubris, but his service in G is charming, and the three latin motets are genuinely well written. And for those reasons alone, you should buy this disc, and have a jolly good enjoyable listen to it, perhaps with a glass of sherry, and a leg of mutton to wash it all down.

But that's not quite the full picture. The choir of St John's College, Cambridge, are a very fine group indeed, and their series of English choral music for Naxos has been a very welcome addition to the catalogue. Much of their singing is excellent: Christopher Robinson trains the boys to sing with incision and great intonation, and out of the ranks of the young, male choral scholars have come some of the finest singers of this current generation (there are one or two present on this disc, for good measure.) They can be thrilling, and they can be blended, but I can't help feeling the performances are not very well balanced. For example, in the middle of "For Lo, I Raise Up", there is a beautiful passage of very sensitive writing, but Robinson forces the crescendo of the line almost beyond breaking point, and any sense of mood is gone for good.
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By Brian Honnor on 19 Jan. 2015
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How ca/ n anything by Stanford be bad
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2005
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St John's College Choir and Christopher Robinson are placed firmly in the Chirch choir tradition. Here, their experience and huge technical ability are put to thrilling (and often moving) use in recordings of some of English choral music's most central works.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on 14 May 2008
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This is a great series by Naxos with beautiful singing. But, I am afraid, I simply cannot see the merit of Stanford's music.
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