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These three Stanford works are vividly orchestrated with Celtic exuberance. The Stabat Mater, usually portrayed in a lamenting, intimate setting, is conceived symphonically and in an operatic style by Stanford. It is here given an excellent performance by the soloists, Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Hill, who extracts a sensitive yet vibrant interpretation from these fine performers. Set to words by Walt Whitman, Song to the Soul for chorus follows the same pattern as the Stabat Mater to a degree, with long orchestral passages and vivid outbursts from the chorus. Composed in Leipzig, The Resurrection is an early work which doesn’t stint on its orchestration. This is an enjoyable disc.

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