A Meditation on the Second Passion of the Holy Redeemer
For Tenor, Bass and Chorus
Music by STAINER
Relayed from the Church of the Messiah,
ERIC GREEN (Tenor)
ARTHUR HOSKING (Tenor)
GILBERT MILLS (Organ)
The BIRMINGHAM STUDIO CHORUS
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
ELLIS BURFORD (Soprano) THE PARKINGTON QUINTET
THE Abbé Prevost's novel has furnished the text for more than one opera, and this song comes from the second act of Puccini's. Manon has made up her mind to give up the luxury and' gay pleasures with which the wealthy Geronte has surrounded her, for the sake of des Grieux, whose faithful love means to her, for the moment at least, more than anything else in her world. In this song she is bidding a half-pathetic farewell to the pleasures which she is giving up for love's sake.
SIR JOSEPH BARN.
BY'S was at one time a name to conjure with in the English world of music. The son of an Organist, he was a chorister in York Minster at the age of seven, and was only twelve when he became an organist and choirmaster himself. Two years afterwards, in 1854, J he was a close second to Arthur Sullivan in the examination for the Mendelssohn Scholarship of the Royal Academy of Music which was then being awarded for the first time. He held several appointments as organist and choral conductor, and it was he who instituted the yearly performances of Bach's Passion Music at St. Anne's Church, Soho. For a time he conducted daily concerts in the Albert Hall , and was the first conductor of the London Musical Society. But among the most interesting of his achievements, when one remembers the somewhat naive charm of his own music, was his conducting of the first performance in England of Wagner's Parsifal—a concert performance in the Albert Hall.
His own work includes oratorios and a very large number of church services, etc., as well as secular part songs. He edited a number of hymn books, and himself composed some 250 Hymn tunes, many of which are still in regular use.
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