The first release on
Robert King's new label -
'... may lack something in grandeur but nothing in subtlety.'
I now live opposite Stanford's old home; but it was many years ago that with voice broken and unbroken I first came to know much of his Service in B flat. Parry impinged about the same time with Jerusalem, though not as made gorgeous on this CD by Elgar's orchestration. It is admirable to have so much sacred music from these two neglected composers, but Stanford would have complained vociferously that he is represented only by four pairs of evening canticles, whereas Parry is allowed to celebrate with a couple of coronation festivities, Blest pair of Sirens, and his magnificent setting of Blake's vision of an England sanctified.
The first performance of Parry's I was glad was postponed for medical reasons, as Edward VII developed an appendicitis that needed immediate operation and he could not be crowned on the appointed day...
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