Reviews

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE JULY 2017 If a disc of sacred Victoriana conjures images of kid gloves and more-tea-vicar, then this is the recording to banish them once and for all. Tea cups are shattered along with prim liturgical proprieties in a recording that reclaims this repertoire as the full-blooded Christian battle cry that it is. Recordings of Stanford’s great choral anthems are not short...
De Engelsen zorgen ook postuum goed voor hun componisten, waarin de verschillende Engelse labels zich niet onbetuigd laten. Het aantal cd's op dit gebied is inmiddels niet meer te tellen. Nu komt Hyperion weer met een bijzonder fraaie aanwinst: koorwerken van Sir Charlies Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) door het koor en koperensemble van Trinity College in Cambridge en de organisten Owain Park en...
A thrilling performance from The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge...the sheer impact of the voices in the opening [of For lo, I raise up], the clarity of the diction (one of Layton's trademarks), the way they navigate the sudden changes of mood, the breadth and then the exhilirating acceleration towards the final section, fleeter than most choirs can manage.  And what about the recording itself...
What a nice CD from Hyperion, celebrating the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Stanford was arguably the most famous Irish composer before independence. Born into a musical family, he began his musical education in 1870 at Cambridge, and later at Trinity College. As a teacher, he could proudly count among his students Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, John Ireland among many others....
La tradition chorale en Angleterre est fort ancienne et l’excellence des chœurs issus de ses collèges n’est plus à faire. Depuis le règne de la reine Victoria (1837-1901), quantités de compositeurs écrivirent à leur destination, essentiellement pour la liturgie de l’Église anglicane. C’est le cas de Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, compositeur prolifique né en Irlande, qui fut organiste au Trinity...
An account of the St John Passion that brought home the true meaning of Easter Bach’s St John Passion has been the subject of intense debate in the US in recent years because of what some perceive as anti-Semitic references within the work.  This has as much to do with the original source material as the libretto.  St John’s Gospel was written at a time when the nascent Christian Church was...