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Towards Grandborough (2004) by Ann Brain (b1944)
Private Collection / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDS44311/3
Recording details: April 1997
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: November 1997
Total duration: 8 minutes 26 seconds

'Hill and the Winchester Choir are superb. The choral tone is luscious, the discipline outstanding, the recording captures the sumptuous acoustics of the cathedral without blurring the musical details, and the performances are vivid and exciting yet carefully nuanced' (American Record Guide)

'My congratulations on a very fine achievement' (Classic CD)

'Superb performances, supremely fine singing, magnificently directed. A delight for Stanford lovers' (Organists' Review)

The Lord is my shepherd
composer
May 1886
author of text
Psalm 23

Other recordings available for download
Worcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Paul Trepte (organ)
St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Introduction
In 1886 Stanford produced two further anthems: the immensely beautiful Blessed are the dead (also known in its revised version as I heard a voice from heaven), written for the memorial service of his colleague Henry Bradshaw in King’s College Chapel on 15 February 1886 and, more well known, a setting of Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd, highly thought of by Bairstow and described by Howells as ‘one of the supremely lovely anthems of all our history’. Completed in May 1886, The Lord is my shepherd is one of Stanford’s finest examples of musical prose. His technique of overlapping irregular phraseology, gleaned from Brahms, gives the overall musical fabric a seamless quality. This is impressively essayed in the pastoral sonata scheme of the first section and in the more contrapuntal finale (‘But thy loving kindness’) Stanford’s tonal thinking is equally imaginative. After firmly establishing F major in the much larger first part, the choral recitative provides both tonal and textural contrast with a shift to D minor (‘Thou shalt prepare a table’). A continuation of this tonal area, modally altered to D major, accompanies the beginning of the finale; but this is in fact only preparation for a return to F major, a move which both heightens the sense of tonal return but at the same time enhances the textual meaning (‘And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever’). Stanford’s coda, which elusively recalls the opening material is also deliciously romantic with its yearning appoggiaturas.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 1997


Other albums featuring this work
'Stanford: Cathedral Music' (CDA66030)
Stanford: Cathedral Music
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 3' (CDA66618)
The English Anthem, Vol. 3

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