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Stanford Te Deum, Op.66 and Elegiac Ode, Op.21


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« on: January 08, 2021, 11:01:48 pm »

Good news that the Stanford Society is continuing to promote the composer's larger-scale works following the splendid mass Via Victrix on Lyrita. According to the Chairman of the Society:

Both the BBC and Lyrita were delighted with the concert and recording of the Stanford Mass and asked Adrian Partington if there were any more Stanford choral works of the same quality that had been neglected and never been recorded. Adrian asked the Stanford Society if we had any suggestions? As it happened we did, as we had started to prepare a list of Stanford works to recommend to the Three Choirs Festival for future performance.

The two specific works which we recommended to Adrian are The Elegiac Ode (Op. 21) and the Te Deum (Op. 66). The Elegiac Ode was written by Stanford in 1884 to a commission from the Norwich and Norfolk Festival. It was warmly received at its premier but has had very few performances since. This work was the first time that Stanford set a poem by the American metaphysical poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892)...

The Latin Te Deum of 1898 was written for the Leeds Festival of that year. This is another of Stanfordís large scale choral work which was well received at its premier but has subsequently been neglected.

We have provided the scores of both the Elegiac Ode and Latin Te Deum to Adrian Partington. After review and discussion with the BBC he plans to conduct both works with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, its Chorus and appropriate soloists early in 2022. We are hopeful that these works will then be released on CD by Lyrita. I am very much looking forward to this concert and the subsequent recording.


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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2021, 11:46:06 am »

Thrilling news. Two of his finest works
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2021, 04:21:22 am »

Interesting combination: Stanford and Whitman. Not someone I would imagine he had a lot of sympathy with, but he can always surprise. This is great news
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2021, 05:56:43 pm »

Thrilling news. Two of his finest works

A modern recording of the Te Deum, Op.66 would complete the pentalogy (sorry) of Stanford's major Latin sacred works:

Mass in G, Op.46 (1892) - recommended recording EM Records EMR CD021
Requiem, Op.63 (1897) - recommended recording Naxos 8.555201-02
Te Deum, Op.66 (1898) - I seem to have been the only person in the world who attended the revival in Leeds on 13th November 1999 conducted by Harry Christophers and recorded (in admittedly poor quality) the subsequent Radio 3 broadcast on Boxing Day of the same year (when everybody else was clearly too drunk to bother with it, lol)
Stabat mater, Op.96 (1907) - recommended recording Naxos 8.573512
Mass, Via Victrix, Op.173 (1919) - recommended recording Lyrita SRCD.382

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2021, 07:31:27 am »

They are some of Stanford's finest works. I enjoy the recording of the Te Deum broadcast, thank you for that! But a professional recording will be even more welcome.
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