I was glad: The Music of Stanford and Parry – Carolyn Sampson, David Wilson-Johnson, Choir of The King’s Consort, The King’s Consort, Robert King
Celebrating The King’s Consort’s 100th CD, a huge period instrument orchestra, drawn from fifteen nations, the Choir of The King’s Consort, and the soloists Carolyn Sampson and David Wilson-Johnson present a glorious collection of some of the finest of all English ceremonial music, performed for the first time on period instruments.
Parry’s classic I was glad, heard at the Coronation of King George V in 1911, is partnered by an equally splendid Coronation Te Deum and the sumptuous double-choir setting Blest pair of Sirens, richly orchestrated. Stanford’s four magnificent settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are performed on this download for the first time on period instruments in the composer’s original orchestrations, and include the evergreen Magnificat in G, the orchestration of which is especially delicious, including a prominent part for harp, effortlessly played by Catrin Finch. Parry’s famous setting of Jerusalem is heard in the vivid orchestration by Sir Edward Elgar.