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John Stainer

Composer of Classical
A.k.a. Sir John Stainer

Sir John Stainer (London, 6 June 1840 – Verona, 31 March 1901) was an English composer and organist whose music, though not generally greatly admired today (with the possible exception of The Crucifixion), was much performed during his lifetime. His work as choir trainer and organist, however, set standards for Anglican church music which are still influential. He was also active as an academic, becoming professor of music at Oxford University in 1889. According to Peter Charlton's Stainer biography, Sir Arthur Sullivan's tribute to Stainer was blunt and memorable: "He is a genius".

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Sicut lilium on The Sweet and Merry Month: Music for May Morning by The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford & Mark Williams
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling on The World of Favourite Hymns by Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Stephen Cleobury
God So Loved The World on The Crucifixion by John Stainer, Huddersfield Choral Society & Joseph Cullen
Cross of Jesus "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" on Famous Hymns of Praise by Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Peter Backhouse & Dennis Townhill
Psalm 128 "Blessed Are All They That Fear the Lord" on Psalms of David, Vol. 2: O Praise the Lord of Heaven by Wells Cathedral Choir, Christopher Brayne & Anthony Crossland
Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow on Hymns Through the Ages by Thomas Foster
Horsley "There Is a Green Hill Far Away" on 20 Favourite Hymns by Truro Cathedral Choir, Simon Morley & Andrew Nethsingha
The First Nowell on Christmas Music with Libera by Libera
God So Loved the World on God So Loved the World by John Stainer, Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha & Andrew Nethsinga
All for Jesus! on The Complete New English Hymnal, Vol. 16 by The Choir of Kings School, Canterbury, Howard Ionascu & Matthew Martin

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Title Artist Year Type
The Crucifixion (1887)John Stainer / Andrew Kennedy, Neal Davies, Darius Battiwalla, Huddersfield Choral Society, Joseph Cullen2009Album
The CrucifixionJohn Stainer, James Gilchrist, Simon Bailey, The Choir Of Clare College, Timothy Brown2005Album
The CrucifictionJohn Stainer, St. John's College Choir, George Guest2002Album
The English Anthem – Volume 1Edward C. Bairstow · Gerald Finzi · Henry Balfour Gardiner · Patrick Hadley · John Ireland · Edward Naylor · John Stainer · Charles Villiers Stanford · Samuel Sebastian Wesley · Charles Wood - St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, Andrew Lucas, John Scott1990Album
The CrucifixionSt. Columba's Choir, Sutton Coldfield, Anthony Evans, Anthony Hardy, Leslie Pinfield, Richard Mason, John Stainer1988Album
The Crucifixion.John Stainer, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, Westminster Singers & Congregation1987Album
The English Anthem (C. 1830 - 1900)Samuel Sebastian Wesley / Charles Villiers Stanford / John Stainer / Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley - Magdalen College Choir Oxford Directed By John Harper1984Album
The CrucifixionJohn Stainer - James Griffett, Michael George, Andrew Newberry, Choir Of Peterborough Cathedral, Stanley Vann1982Album
Die Kreuzigung : Passionsoratorium Für Tenor, Bass, Chor Und OrgelJohn Stainer, Johannes Haas1980Album
Music At Magdalen: John StainerMagdalen College Choir Oxford, John Stainer, Bernard Rose, Ian Crabbe1975Album
The CrucifixionJohn Stainer1974Album
CrucifixionJohn Stainer With David Hughes, John Lawrenson, The Guildford Cathedral Choir Conducted By Barry Rose Organ- Gavin Williams1969Album
The CrucifixionAlexander McCurdy, John Stainer1967Album
The CrucifixionJohn Stainer, St. John's College Choir Directed By George Guest1962Album
CrucifixionJohn Stainer / The Whitehall Choir Conductor Clifton Helliwell1962Album
CrucifixionChoir Of Peterborough Cathedral, John Stainer1961Album
Stainer: CrucifixionJohn Stainer - Richard Crooks, Lawrence Tibbett, Wilfred Glenn, Frank Croxton, Trinity Choir, Mark AndrewsAlbum
The CrucifixionThe Leeds Philharmonic Choir, Alexander Young, Donald Bell, Eric Chadwick, Herbert Bardgett, John StainerAlbum
The CrucifixionJohn Stainer, George GuestAlbum
Stainer's Crucifixion (The Crucifixion)John StainerAlbum
The CrucifixionJohn Stainer, Clarence Snyder Conducts The Oratorio Society Of New JerseyAlbum
The CrucifixionChorus of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, George Lapham, Roy Wilde, Alexander McCurdy, John StainerAlbum
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