Stainer, Tavener, Ireland,
Matthew Martin and Vaughan Williams
from Derby Choral Union,
heard by MIKE WHEELER
Yes, I know Stainer's The Crucifixion is regaining some of its former popularity, but for me it remains a hopelessly lost cause. The combination of the music's sticky sentimentality and the libretto's smug sanctimoniousness is a complete turn-off. Derby Choral Union and conductor Richard Dacey tried to breathe some life into it — Derby Cathedral, 24 March 2018 — but the odds were stacked against them from the start...
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