The Daughter of
Jairus by Sir John Stainer
2017 - FOUR REMAINING
This is, to our knowledge, the only available
recording of this lovely work. The Daughter of
Jairus was written for, and first performed at, the
Worcester Festival in 1878, pre-dating The Crucifixion
by nine years.
Scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, mixed
chorus, organ and orchestra, this choral work sits
happily alongside Stainer’s more famous The Crucifixion,
and deserves to be better known, and more frequently
performed. It includes the composer's sublime setting
for Soprano and Tenor duet of ‘Love divine! All loves
excelling.’ The orchestral parts are Stainer’s own,
resurrected by Bernard Jupp and Tony Price from an
archive in the United States where they had lain
neglected for a great many years. The project was
supported by John Stainer, the composer’s grandson, who
provided a perfect copy of his grand-father’s own
manuscript full score for the occasion.
St. Bartholomew’s Orchestra was joined by St.
Bartholomew’s Polyphony Choir and guests heard as the
Stainer Centenary Chorus in a live recording of a
concert celebrating Sir John Stainer’s Centenary Year in
November 2001. The large Victorian church of St. Michael
and All Angels in Croydon provided a period setting,
with its fine late 19th century four manual Father
Willis supplying the organ part. St. Bartholomew's
Orchestra and the Stainer Centenary Chorus are joined by
Jennifer Johnston soprano, Andrew Johnson
tenor, Michael Cowie bass, Tony Price
organ, and are conducted by Bernard Jupp.
2 Choral recitative - ‘In the day shall the Lord of
3 Recitative - ‘Behold, there cometh unto Jesus
4 Tenor solo - ‘My hope is in the Everlasting’
5 Recitative - ‘And when Jesus was come in’: Chorus of
women - The wailing ‘Sweet tender flower’
6 Recitative - ‘And when Jesus was come in’
7 Chorus of men - Chorus of unbelievers ‘In the death
8 Recitative - ‘But when Jesus had put them all out’:
Chorus ‘Awake, thou that sleepest’
9 Soprano and Tenor duet - ‘Love Divine! All loves
10 Trio and Chorus - ‘To Him who left his throne on high’
16 MAY 2017 SOLD OUT
The composer's most famous, and most loved, work,
Stainer’s oratorio 'The Crucifixion' was first performed
at London's parish church of St. Marylebone on the day
after Ash Wednesday, the 24th February, in 1877.
Stainer was Organist and Director of
Music at St.
Marylebone's, where he had a choir of 60 boys and 40
men. Only two of these were paid, a tenor and a bass,
hence the soloists used for this work. Stainer conducted
the first performance, and his pupil William Hodge
played the organ.
The work is modestly subtitled by the composer as a
'Meditation on the sacred passion of the Holy Redeemer'.
Scored for tenor and bass soloists and chorus, it is
interspersed with hymns to be sung by the congregation.
The words were selected from the New Testament and
written by the Reverend J. Sparrow-Simpson.
This recording is unusual, as it is absolutely
complete as the composer originally intended.
Most commercial recordings seem to make cuts to either
the hymns or the organ solo parts, or even to both.
St. Bartholomew’s Polyphony Choir is joined by Andrew
Johnson tenor, Matthew Price bass, Tony
Price organ and is conducted by Bernard Jupp.
1 Recitative - "And they came to place named Gethsemane"
2 Bass and tenor solos and Chorus - The Agony
3 Tenor solo and Chorus - Procession to Calvary
4 Recitative - "And when they were come"
5 Hymn - The mystery of the Divine Humiliation
6 Recitative - "He made Himself of no reputation"
7 Tenor Solo - The majesty of the Divine Humiliation
8 Recitative - "And as Moses lifted up the serpent"
9 Chorus - "God so loved the world"
10 Hymn - Litany of the Passion
11 Recitative - "Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them'"
13 Hymn - The mystery of the Intercession
12 Tenor and Bass Duet - "So Thou liftest Thy divine
14 Recitative - "And one of the malefactors"
15 Hymn - The adoration of the Crucified
16 Recitative - "When Jesus therefore saw His Mother"
17 Recitative - "Is it nothing to you"
18 Chorus - The appeal of the Crucified
19 Recitative and Chorus - "After this, Jesus knowing
that all things were now accomplished"
20 Hymn - For the love of Jesus
Both CDs feature
the fine rose window depicting Christ the King from the
west end of St. Bartholomew's Church on their covers.
The discs are professionally produced, as are the glossy
full colour sleeves and programme notes. They are
supplied in full-sized jewel cases.
FROM WITHIN THE UK: The CDs are
available for £7.50 each. The
price includes postage and packing to a UK address.
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