St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge April 1st 6.30 p.m.
from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
Ouseley: O Saviour of the world
Ouseley: Is it nothing to you?
John Goss: O Saviour of the world
Stainer: The Crucifixion
Stephen Farr (organ)
Paul Brough (director).
Where is everyone? In the absence of any comment, may The Choir's resident atheist put in her three ha'porth? As a choirgirl in the 50s/60s, I found The Crucifixion pretty unpalatable: overblown, over-sentimental and overlong. I'm not about to say that those faults have dissipated over the years but as a result, I suppose, of age and experience I have much more respect now for what Stainer was trying to do and a much greater capacity to listen with a more open mind and less closed ears. In consequence, I am finding this semi-pro, semi-amateur but wholly sincere performance very moving - but from a humanist, rather than religious, perspective. That probably shouldn't be surprising; what is, for me, is that though I don't think I've heard the piece for 40-odd years, it is all entirely familiar. Illustrative, I suppose, of the power of getting something into your head at an early age.
I heard it (on a long car journey...just got home) but haven't much to say about it, except that not having had anything to do with the work since childhood, I could remember every note and every word.
Agreed! The best I have to say for it is that it's not Maunder's From Olivet to Calvary which (IMO) has all the faults of The Crucifixion to a greater degree.
Originally Posted by jillfc
In answer to your question, when the BBC Singers were on, I was in a local church singing music for Holy Week. Of course, the programme included God so loved the world.