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Stanford - Requiem | Hyperion CDA68418

Stanford - Requiem

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68418

Barcode: 0034571284187

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 5th May 2023

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

Artists

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano)
James Way (tenor)
Ross Ramgobin (baritone)
University of Birmingham Voices
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Martyn Brabbins

Works

Stanford, Charles Villiers

Requiem, op.63

Artists

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano)
James Way (tenor)
Ross Ramgobin (baritone)
University of Birmingham Voices
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Martyn Brabbins

About

Recorded in association with a live performance from Birmingham's Symphony Hall last year, this account of Stanford's Requiem rescues a magnificent work from wholly unjustified neglect.

The performance of Charles Villiers Stanford's forgotten late-Victorian masterpiece, marking 125 years since the premiere of the Requiem at the Birmingham Triennial Festival, featured a number of international soloists alongside Martyn Brabbins – including Carolyn Sampson and Marta Fontanal-Simmons (both Birmingham alumni), with James Way and Ross Ramgobin.

Reviews

The CBSO plays splendidly throughout. The collective response is sonorous and there’s an abundance of expert solo work to enjoy and admire The performance could not be in better hands than those of Martyn Brabbins. His conducting demonstrates evident empathy with the score and it seems clear that he brings out the best in all the performers.
MusicWeb International
Brabbins, who truly understand the language of this music, judges the tempos and balance of the ensemble with instinctive sensitivity; his handling of the chorus […] is outstanding ,and he genuinely brings out the luminosity of Stanford’s lustrous orchestration which is splendidly executed by the CBSO [...] there is much more to learn about Stanford’s choral masterpiece from the more cohesive architecture, sound and élan of this vibrant new issue from Hyperion. For anyone interested in British choral music of the period, it is a must!  Jeremy Dibble
Gramophone June 2023
Martyn Brabbins has the music – and the traditions on which it draws – intuitively under his radar. Impeccably he sculpts the flow and sweep that is so often Stanford’s expressive default position […]. With fine singing for the chorus and soloists alike, the Requiem discloses one of Stanford’s greatest achievements.
BBC Music Magazine
In this outstanding performance of a rarely heard choral work by Stanford, Martyn Brabbins guides the musicians with sensitivity and affection in a beautifully judged account.
Gramophone

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