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A Fresh Approach to Familiar Repertoire
on 12 December 2013
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.