Re: Stanford's Mass Via Victrix - first performance and recording
Posted by Chris Howell on November 1, 2018, 9:09 am, in reply to "Re: Stanford's Mass Via Victrix - first performance and recording "
Purely for the record - all commentary has stated that, prior to the Cardiff performance, only the Gloria had ever been performed, in a performance at Cambridge under Stanford himself in 1920. It has been stated that it was accompanied only by organ. My reading of the admittedly sketchy evidence is that it was accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra, but I will discuss this in a future article in my "Stanfordian Thoughts" series. |
Meanwhile, it emerges that at least one other movement had a previous performance - the Orlando Singers performed the Kyrie at the Wessex Festival on 10 August 2018. The form of accompaniment is not stated - I assume organ, but it would be interesting to hear from anyone who was present. The Orlando Singers make no claim that this was a world première, possibly it did not occur to them that it might be. Come to think of it, with the vocal score published in 1920, it is perfectly possible that amateur performances of parts, even the whole, took place with piano or organ accompaniment in the interwar years - performances of this kind leave little or no paper trail.
I am not, of course, proposing to detract from Adrian Partington and the BBC Wales forces the enormous credit of having given the first complete performance with orchestra.