Stanford – Mass ‘Via Victrix’ and At the Abbey Gate
Kiandra Howarth (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto), Ruairi Bowen (tenor), Gareth Brynmor John (baritone)
BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales, Adrian Partington
Lyrita SRCD 382 @ £13.25 plus P&P
Music web international “After 99 years, Stanford’s Mass Via Victrix has finally emerged from the shadows in this splendid and important recording.”
About this recording In 1919 Charles Villiers Stanford chose to compose a setting of the mass to commemorate the allied victory of WW1. The vocal score was published in 1920 however it lay unperformed for almost a century until the manuscript was edited by Professor Jeremy Dibble and given its first full performance on 27th October 2018 by BBC National Chorus of wales, conducted by Adrian Pardington to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. Coupled here with Standford’s 1920 work for chorus and orchestra ‘At the Abbey Gate’ inspired by the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey in 1920.