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I Was Glad - Sacred Music of Stanford and Parry

Charles Villiers Stanford , Hubert Parry , Robert King , The King's Consort , Carolyn Sampson , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson, David Wilson-Johnson, Choir of The King's Consort
  • Orchestra: The King's Consort
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford, Hubert Parry
  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vivat
  • ASIN: B00AO3RA74
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Magnificat in AThe King's Consort feat. Robert King 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Nunc dimittis in AThe King's Consort feat. Robert King 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I was gladThe King's Consort feat. Robert King 6:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Magnificat in GThe King's Consort feat. Carolyn Sampson, Catrin Finch, Robert King 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Nunc dimittis in GThe King's Consort feat. David Wilson-Johnson, Robert King 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Te Deum in DThe King's Consort feat. Robert King14:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Magnificat in B flatThe King's Consort feat. Robert King 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nunc dimittis in B flatThe King's Consort feat. Robert King 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Blest pair of SirensThe King's Consort feat. Robert King 9:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Magnificat in CThe King's Consort feat. Robert King 4:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nunc dimittis in CThe King's Consort feat. Robert King 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. JerusalemThe King's Consort feat. Robert King 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The King's Consort celebrate their hundredth CD and the launch of their new classical label,VIVAT,with TKC's largest recording in 15 years.Huge period instrument orchestra gathered from fifteen nations,plus TKC's award-winning choir,and world-class soloists including Carolyn Sampson and David Wilson-Johnson.TKC records the glorious sacred ceremonial music of two of Britain's greatest composers,Stanford and Parry.First recordings on period instruments,including the four great Stanford canticle settings,heard in the composer's lavish orchestrations(Stanford in G with radiant singing from Carolyn Sampson),Parry's I Was Glad(restoring a long-missing section for the 1911 coronation),a magisterial performance of Blest pair of Sirens, the 1911 Coronation Te Deum and a stunning Jerusalem in Elgar's vivid orchestration.High quality documentation,first-rate engineering,lively promo video releasing Jan 2013 on YouTube and Vivat's new website.New editions of the four Stanford works parallel-published by Oxford University Press.The first of a series of releases on TKC's new VIVAT label.

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2013 Gramophone Awards Finalist

Carolyn Sampson soprano
David Wilson-Johnson bass
Choir of The King’s Consort
The King’s Consort
Robert King conductor

Celebrating The King’s Consort’s 100th CD, a huge period instrument orchestra, drawn from fifteen nations, the Choir of The King's Consort and soloists Carolyn Sampson and David Wilson-Johnson present a glorious collection of some of the finest of all English ceremonial music, performed for the first time on period instruments.

Parry's classic “I was glad”, heard at the Coronation of King George V in 1911, is partnered by an equally splendid Coronation “Te Deum” and the sumptuous double-choir setting “Blest pair of Sirens”, richly orchestrated. Stanford’s four magnificent settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are performed on CD for the first time on period instruments in the composer's original orchestrations, and include the evergreen Magnificat in G, whose orchestration is especially delicious, including a prominent part for harp, effortlessly played by Catrin Finch. Parry’s famous setting of “Jerusalem” is heard in Edward Elgar's vivid orchestration.

Track Listing:

Stanford: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A
Parry: I was glad (1911 version)
Stanford: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G
Parry: ‘Coronation’ Te Deum (1911)
Stanford: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in B flat
Parry: Blest pair of Sirens
Stanford: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in C
Parry (orch. Elgar): Jerusalem

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crystal clear voices 30 Sep 2013
By Juice
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I used to sing a lot of these pieces as a young chorister, and I didn't want to listen to some awful all-male choir murdering the Magnificat. I was won over when I listened to the samples, and I'm not disappointed by the CD. Beautiful, uplifting singing conducted at just the right pace for a sleepy evensong or triumphal arrival of the bride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's evensong, Jim, but not as we know it 4 Feb 2013
By William Burn VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a marvellous CD, hugely enjoyable to listen to and a very good advertisement for the two giants of British music in the generation before Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

Choral evensong was once - I forget where - compared to county cricket: it's a tradition which gamely continues the length and breadth of England, always maintaining a pretty decent standard, with occasional flashes of excellence, and it's completely ignored by all but a few diehard fans. It's a pity, really, and very little, if any, of the choral evensong repertoire has ever made it out of church and onto the concert platform. I can see why: many of the anthems are just too short to bother with as concert pieces, and often the musical material is just too thin, all ploddy organ accompaniments and heavy homophonic writing. Yet this CD, by the King's Consort, demonstrates how the music of two of the stalwarts of the English cathedral repertoire really does deserve a much wider audience. It's a generous hour and a bit of thrillingly passionate singing, accompanied not by a wheezy old windbox, but a lush orchestra replete with harp, tympani and the rest. It's great.

In terms of time the disc is dominated by Stanford's four big settings of the canticles for evensong, along with three works by Parry (yes, 'I was glad' is there, for you fans of royal weddings). Stanford may have been forgotten by pretty much everyone except church musicians, but these settings all demonstrate his considerable talent as an orchestrator, from the utterly charming Magnificat in G (with the brilliant, soaringly wonderful Carolyn Sampson as soprano soloist) to the Brahmsian splendour of the Nunc Dimittis in A.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Approach to Familiar Repertoire 12 Dec 2013
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The CD features a little-known version of Hubert Parry's (1848-1918) "I was glad," heard at the Coronation of King George V in 1911, and "Jerusalem," alongside other coronation music by Parry and his contemporary Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924). Parry and Stanford were the leading figures in British music for almost half a century as composers, conductors, and teachers; and their music has become standard repertoire for choirs worldwide. Their choral music is normally performed only with organ, but the works heard on this CD are orchestral versions, performed here on period instruments. The CD has earned countless positive reviews, many of which comment on the strong impression made by the period brass instruments. Undoubtedly, this CD will be a classic in the years to come. Carolyn Sampson's joyous singing is perfect for Stanford's setting of the Magnificat in G; and Elgar's orchestration of "Jerusalem" alone is worth the price of the CD, which is a must-have for anyone interested in good music. Robert King is legendary for his performances of Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, and other Baroque masters. King's latest excursion into Romantic repertoire sets up an exciting parallel between him and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Hopefully, more will follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous CD! 17 July 2013
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Nothing beats the trumpets at the start of I was Glad. Fantastic CD with excellent singing. Slightly disappointed with the wobbly soprano singing the solo in Stanford in G Magnificat as a child will always sing this much better however that taken away it really is superbly sung and played. Buy it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I heard this cd reviewed on Radio 3, heard the samples on amazon, and knew I had to buy it! To say that I am not disappointed is an understatement! I've played it many times already and it never fails to fascinate and thrill. The Stanford orchestrations are beautiful and add a new, richer dimension to my knowledge of these settings. As for the performances, they are stunningly beautiful, they feel right, they are not over the top nor exaggerated, but, put simply, they are wonderfully crafted, and the sound is one that I want to listen to over and over again. The solo singing is completely convincing, especially the soprano soloist in the Stanford in G Magnificat. I didn't hesitate when I ordered it, and I haven't regretted buying it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ex church choir member 12 Feb 2014
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Love it! Good for a sing-along. Makes interesting listening with orchestral backing and female singers rather than organ and all male voices.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Parry and Stanford
Excellent performances of well known and not so well known music helped by clear recording
Published 7 days ago by Rimsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Church music with a Blast
A wonderful disc. All the anthems and canticles that one normally hears in a cathedral have been expanded by the use of a large choir and orchestra. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stephen
1.0 out of 5 stars Classical music world just loves to forgive a paedophile
Yet another case of the UK classical music world choosing to ignore the past of one of its own. Having been convicted of sexual abuse of youngsters in his care because of his... Read more
Published 18 months ago by don't sweep it under the carpet
5.0 out of 5 stars need more like this.
Greatly underrated composers; they should have had Italian names and tried not to write late nineteenth century English church music!
Published 18 months ago by chris
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jewel in the Crown
Leonard Bernstein one stated that English music was, 'too much organ voluntary in Lincoln Cathedral, too much Coronation in Westminster Abbey, too much lark ascending, too much... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Entartete Musik
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Achievement
I have just finished listening to this quite extraordinary new CD by Robert King and the King's Consort, and in my opinion this is the most convincing thing he has yet done. Read more
Published 19 months ago by William G. Kempster
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