Sir Charles Villiers Stanford is a central figure in Anglican church music. His many settings of the Magnificat
and Nunc dimittis
are evensong for generations of choirboys and church-goers. This three-disc set contains a generous selection of Stanfords sacred choral musicsettings for Matins and Evensong, motets, anthems and hymnsperfectly performed by Winchester Cathedral Choir
at its best, conducted by David Hill
Hill and the Winchester Choir are superb. The choral tone is luscious, the discipline outstanding, the recording captures the sumptuous acoustics of the cathedral without blurring the musical details, and the performances are vivid and exciting yet carefully nuanced
--(American Record Guide)
Superb performances, supremely fine singing, magnificently directed. A delight for Stanford lovers.
Magnificat & Nunc dimittis - The Lord is my shepherd - Justorum animae - Caelos ascendit hodie - Beati quorum via - If thou shalt confess with thy mouth, op.37 n°2... / Winchester Cathedral Choir - David Hill, direction