Stanford: Stabat Mater / Bible Songs / Te Deum Laudamus
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Stanford: Stabat Mater / Bible Songs / Te Deum Laudamus

1 Jun 1997

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Song Title Artist
Stabat mater, Op. 96: Prelude - Ingrid Attrot
Stabat mater, Op. 96: Quartet and Chorus: Stabat Mater dolorosa Ingrid Attrot
Stabat mater, Op. 96: Intermezzo - Ingrid Attrot
Stabat mater, Op. 96: Quartet and Chorus: Eja Mater, fons amoris Ingrid Attrot
Stabat mater, Op. 96: Quarter and Chorus: Virgo virginum praeclara Ingrid Attrot
6 Hymns, Op. 113: No. 1. A Song of Freedom Stephen Varcoe
6 Hymns, Op. 113: No. 2. A Song of Trust Stephen Varcoe
6 Hymns, Op. 113: No. 3. A Song of Hope Stephen Varcoe
6 Hymns, Op. 113: No. 4. A Song of Peace Stephen Varcoe
6 Hymns, Op. 113: No. 5. A Song of Battle Stephen Varcoe
6 Hymns, Op. 113: No. 6. A Song of Wisdom Stephen Varcoe
Te Deum, Op. 66 Ingrid Attrot

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jun 1997
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Chandos
  • Total Length: 1:14:14
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  • ASIN: B001MV4JJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,077 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars English choral warhorses ride out in style 13 Nov 2003
By Wilus
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Stanford's Stabat Mater was a huge success on its first performance in 1906 and earned the lasting admiration of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells. The musical style is typically eclectic: there is a lot of Verdi, quite a bit of Liszt and the odd sprinkling of Dvorak. The insert notes compare how the great choral festivals commissioned large choral works with the way the cities in which they were held tried to outdo each other in the splendour of their buildings, and there is something about the piece that reminds one of much Victorian municipal architecture. You admire the craftsmanship and scholarship, not to mention the lavishness of scale but miss the extra spark of originality that would make for a truly memorable work of art. In the closing pages, however, Stanford abandons the Verdian melodramatics and evokes the glory of heaven with a simple modal transformation of a theme first heard in the Prelude. It is a deeply touching conclusion which alone would make the piece worthwhile.
The Bible songs for voice and organ are perhaps best heard with the Hymns for choir which Stanford wrote to accompany them the following year. Stephen Varcoe is a trifle unvarying in tone and is rather recessed in the sound picture -- the effect is of listening to a series of sermons from too far back in the church. The disc closes with that old parish choir favourite the B flat Te Deum, here sounding like a new piece in the colourful orchestration which Stanford made for the coronation of Edward VII. Hickox's forces sing and play with passion and commitment, and are given a suitably sumptuous recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of music 2 July 2010
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I like this as a piece of music, at least the Stabat Mater piece. It has a tune, it can be played over and over without becoming stale, it is interesting the whole way though and I think it would be a welcome addition to any classical library. This is truly great. So why is it not more popular? Mind you the rest of the filler, the Bible Songs are not so great and can be skipped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stanford 'Stabat Mater' and other works. 14 Dec 2013
By Rosy
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The 'Stabat Mater' is stunningly beautiful; I can only ask why it is not much better known! I also enjoyed the other works, especially the 'Te Deum' in B flat major.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In B Flat 21 Jun 2010
By P. Shaw
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The important thing was that the Te Deum was in B Flat as there are others by Stanford that are not and therefore not what I was seeking... Tracked it down on Amazon though, due to the cover stating the fact that it was in B Flat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too long unheard 15 Jun 2000
By Scott Miller - Published on
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Finally, here's a recording of one of Stanford's greatest works, by all accounts. Unlike other Stabat Maters I have listened to, this one has interesting moments from beginning to end and is magnificently played and sung. There is a freshness to the writing and a sense of drama one very rarely finds in religious music. There is one point in the last movement where it is not difficult to imagine the gates of Hell opening, but then the resolution (a glimpse of heaven?) is equally remarkable. Anyone who enjoys English choral music (not necessarily just religious music) will enjoy this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music by one of the Anglican Church's greatest composers! 3 July 2012
By Pete - Published on
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I agree with the previous reviewer - this is too long unheard. This is one of Sanford's greatest works, one that a contemporary of his, Vaughan Williams, thought was magnificent. I share that view and I am sure you will too.
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