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Stanford: Eternal Father, Op 135

Magazine article Gramophone

Stanford: Eternal Father, Op 135

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Stanford [G]

Eternal Father, Op 135 No 2. Fantasia and Toccata, Op 57. For Io, I raise up, Op 145. Lighten our darkness. Magnificat, Op 164.0 for a closer walk with God, Op 113 No 6b. St Patrick's Breastplate (a). Te Deum (a), Benedictus and Jubilate, Op 115. Three Motets, Op 38 The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge / Stephen Layton with Alexander Hamilton, Owain Park org (a) Trinity Brass Hyperion (F) CDA68174 (81' * DDD * T)

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. To hear the accompanied works recorded in Hereford Cathedral complete with the mighty Father Willis organ is a bonus.

We start in Hereford, with a sensational (in the truest sense) performance of For lo! …

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