About the composer
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924) was born in Dublin, Ireland, but a convinced Protestant. Though he was Irish to the marrow (his third symphony is called "the Irish", and he composed six "Irish Rhapsodies") he worked all his life in England, especially in Leeds. He composed many choral works, for instance Songs of the Sea and Songs of the Fleet, a Requiem and five operas. It is not known why the Protestant Stanford composed a Stabat Mater.
About the Stabat Mater
|Performers||Soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir and orchestra|
|Particulars||The composition is divided into five sections, of which the first, the Prelude, and the third, the Intermezzo, are instrumental. Stanford himself gave it the subtitle "Symphonic Cantata".|
|Textual variations||The "Analecta"-text is used, with a
- Stanza 16, line 2: not "Passionis ejus sortem" but "Passionis fac consortem"
However, in two places Stanford breaks through the order of the poem's stanzas: after the "dum emisit spiritum" the soprano repeats "Stabat Mater Dolorosa" and after the third stanza in the second section the chorus repeats the opening sentence "Eia Mater, fons amoris".
|CD||Chandos CHAN 9548: Stanford, Stabat Mater - Te Deum - Bible Songs|
|About this CD||Recorded at the Leeds Town Hall, November 1995.|
|Choir||Leeds Philharmonic Chorus|
|Soloists||Ingrid Attrot, soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen, mezzo-soprano
Nigel Robson, tenor
Stephen Varcoe, baritone
|Other works||Te Deum laudamus
|Added||Unknown (STA 01)|
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