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The English Anthem, Vol. 2
Jonathan Battishill, John Stainer, Charles Villiers Stanford
The English Anthem, Vol. 2
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 

      
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Very fine
Mark Swinton | 05/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Having reviewed one volume of this fascinating series, I feel only a brief review is needed for any of the others. I bought this one really in order to hear the Cathedral Choir's version of "Lo, the full, final sacrifice" by Gerald Finzi, introduced to me by a close friend via the Finzi Singers' recording. As an anthem, it is certainly too long for use at anything other than special occasions, but having heard the St. Paul's Choir singing it, I can safely say that Finzi "has the last word in anthems." The other works on this disc are no less well-rendered. The balance is perhaps a little too much towards Victorian composers, but the series was just starting at this point, and in many ways John Scott's readings of their anthems sheds new light on the music. In addition, the sound quality is good. In short, a very fine record and worthy member of the "English Anthem" series."