Charles Villiers Stanford
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
Soprano, alto, tenor, bass, choir and orchestra
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".
The "Analecta"-text is used, with a single change:
|CD :||Chandos CHAN 9548: Stanford, Stabat Mater – Te Deum – Bible Songs|
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Recorded at the Leeds Town Hall, November 1995.
|Choir:||Leeds Philharmonic Chorus|
Ingrid Attrot, soprano
Te Deum laudamus