by John Stainer
(For anyone interested, this recording contains the first recording of David as a very young soloist.)
Free download of this album is available from both this website at Begin Download Process, and from Bandcamp, see Online Store Access.
This monophonic recording preserves historic, amateur performances of John Stainer's The Crucifixion. The performances were given in spring 1959 by the Annapolis High School choirs (classes of 1959, 60 and 61). (About 41 minutes in length.) The limited edition, private, original 1959 vintage, historic, monophonic record was made by editing together the amateur raw tape recordings of the 2 live 1959 performances of this unique arrangement.
The truly wonderful, uncommon arrangement was created by the choral director, Robert F. Kunkle, by using two women's choirs, instead of soloists, to perform most of the recitatives and arias. The result is truly unique, creating a much more choral performance than scored by Stainer. (For additional color, Mr. Kunkle used a small group of students from the mixed choir to sing several small solos.)
Notes. Because this free amateur, monaural recording was made using then available 1950's consumer grade recording equipment, it's fidelity is restricted by capabilities of that era's consumer grade equipment.
In December of 2022, knowing the score would become public domain the beginning of 2023, TortoiseClimbing Audio™ had the 1959 monophonic record digitized. That enabled TortoiseClimbing Audio™ to master and restore this recording. Those processes included:
NOTE. It is because The Crucifixion became Public Domain the beginning of January 2023 that TortoiseClimbing Audio™ can make this recording of this score by the AHS choirs available for free audio file download.
What is provided free, both from this website and TortoiseClimbing Audio's™ Online Store at Bandcamp are both:
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