Stanford - Morning Service in C, Motets, etc. | Hyperion CDA68174

Stanford - Morning Service in C, Motets, etc.


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68174

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th June 2017



A programme spanning the variety and sheer emotional range of Stanford’s Anglican choral music (with a notable contribution from Owain Park in the Fantasia and Toccata for organ). You are unlikely to hear quite so stirring a rendition of ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’ for some time to come…


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 on the ground, but if any choir has justification to return to them it’s Trinity Cambridge. Many of Stanford’s works were written for the chapel where he was organist, and to hear pieces like the Three Latin Motets performed in situ adds an extra level of interest. ... By taking the music seriously, treating it with respect but not reverence, [Stephen Layton] gives it a freshness calculated to disarm even the staunchest of musical non-believers.  Alexandra Coghlan
Gramophone July 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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