Charles Villiers Stanford: Requiem – City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Martyn Brabbins


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5 Ιουνίου 2023


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Charles Villiers Stanford:Requiem


Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Mezzo-Soprano)James Galway (Flute)Ross Ramgobin (Baritone)Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
University of Birmingham Voices (Χορωδία)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Ορχήστρα)Martyn Brabbins (Μαέστρος)

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 Brabbins ? including Carolyn Sampson and Marta Fontanal-Simmons (both Birmingham alumni), with James Way and Ross Ramgobin.


‘Brabbins, who truly understands the language of this music, judges the tempos and balance of the ensemble with instinctive sensitivity; his handling of the chorus—the University of Birmingham Voices—is outstanding, and he genuinely brings out the luminosity of Stanford’s lustrous orchestration, which is splendidly executed by the CBSO, especially in the lovely solos of the ‘Dies irae’, the arresting climax of the ‘Lacrimosa’, the swirling Rhinegold-like figurations of the ‘Sanctus’ and the solemn funeral cortege of the ‘Agnus’ … the chorus sing throughout with a youthful clarity, beauty of tone and lovely intonation … in 1997 the Requiem was issued by Marco Polo … a most welcome recording at the time, but 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!’ (Gramophone)

‘Rarely performed and long overshadowed by his justly beloved compositions for the Anglican choral canon, Stanford’s Requiem merits deeper investigation and wider exposure. It has a curiously optimistic mien, given the sense of grief, gravitas and doom that settings of requiem are expected to impart. Yet, as this fine account by Brabbins, the CBSO and stellar soloists and choir demonstrate, the composer’s persuasive response is imbued with compassion and celebration as much as it is by fear and fatalism’ (The Sunday Times)

‘Throughout, Martyn Brabbins’s persuasive tempos and wholesome approach pay many dividends and make the strongest possible case for a score that deserves its place in the limelight that this release now affords it’ (