|St. Bartholomew's Polyphony Choir|
This is, to our knowledge, the only available recording of this lovely work. The Daughter of Jairus was written for, and first performed at, the Worcester Festival in 1878, pre-dating The Crucifixion by nine years.
Scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, mixed chorus, organ and orchestra, this choral work sits happily alongside Stainer’s more famous The Crucifixion, and deserves to be better known, and more frequently performed. It includes the composer's sublime setting for Soprano and Tenor duet of ‘Love divine! All loves excelling.’ The orchestral parts are Stainer’s own, resurrected by Bernard Jupp and Tony Price from an archive in the United States where they had lain neglected for a great many years. The project was supported by John Stainer, the composer’s grandson, who provided a perfect copy of his grand-father’s own manuscript full score for the occasion.
St. Bartholomew’s Orchestra was joined by St. Bartholomew’s Polyphony Choir and guests heard as the Stainer Centenary Chorus in a live recording of a concert celebrating Sir John Stainer’s Centenary Year in November 2001. The large Victorian church of St. Michael and All Angels in Croydon provided a period setting, with its fine late 19th century four manual Father Willis supplying the organ part. St. Bartholomew's Orchestra and the Stainer Centenary Chorus are joined by Jennifer Johnston soprano, Andrew Johnson tenor, Michael Cowie bass, Tony Price organ, and are conducted by Bernard Jupp.
1 Recitative - "And they came to place named Gethsemane"
Both CDs feature the fine rose window depicting Christ the King from the west end of St. Bartholomew's Church on their covers. The discs are professionally produced, as are the glossy full colour sleeves and programme notes. They are supplied in full-sized jewel cases.
ORDERS FROM WITHIN THE UK: The CDs are available for £7.50 each. The price includes postage and packing to a UK address. Cheques drawn on a UK clearing bank in GBP should be made payable to 'St. Bartholomew's Polyphony Choir', and orders directed to:
Tony Price, St. Bartholomew's Church, 159 Ellison Road, Norbury, SW16 5DE. Please remember to include your name and address when ordering!
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