Started by tjguitar, May 19, 2007, 09:06:45 PM
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Quote from: tjguitar on May 19, 2007, 09:06:45 PMWe were talking about Stanford in another thread, I don't recall which, but I felt the composer deserved his own.edit: I forgot to ask, does anyone have the following disc?:Is it similar to his 2nd Concerto or a much different composition?
Quote from: Dundonnell on April 24, 2008, 08:55:46 AMThe recent Chandos CD coupling the Songs of the Fleet, Songs of the Sea and 'The Revenge' with Gerald Finley as a masterful solo baritone won awards, if I recall.
Quote from: Lethe Dmitriyevich Shostakovich on April 23, 2011, 06:39:40 PMThe Requiem was more or less totally unknown before the (very good) Naxos recording, although I hope somebody else will step in with some info so I don't look like I'm on a crusade or something. It's a really fine piece, although not as distinctive as the great ones. Musicweb has two reviews:http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2004/Nov04/Stanford_Requiem.htmhttp://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2005/Feb05/Stanford_Requiem.htmI particularly admire his choral music for some reason. The secular works (mainly suites themed on the navy) are excellent, and there are traces of the Gilbert & Sullivan tradition in effortlessly catchy tunes like The Little Admiral in Songs of the Fleet. The sacred works I find hard to criticise although it's equally difficult to pick highlights. I think that I like them most as repertoire pieces - his motets change nothing, in the grand scheme of musical history. If they were not written, another composer would have produced works to fill this gap in the corpus of the cathedral choirs. But at the same time I feel that Stanford, maybe even more than Parry, nailed the style. If he wrote anything more exciting it wouldn't fit the mould anymore. I suppose this does make them to some extent academic excercises, but this doesn't preclude their enjoyability - liking them must require affinity to their chosen style, as I've seen many Stanford fans not too engaged by this area of his output.
Quote from: mc ukrneal on April 23, 2011, 07:05:49 PMbut I have not gotten around to ripping them yet (something of a backlog on that front).
Quote from: The new erato on April 24, 2008, 01:30:15 PMI can certainly vouch for this; splendid sound as well:awards: • MDT Best Seller of the Year - December 2006• Gramophone Editors Choice Disc of The Month - July 2006• MDT Best Seller - June 2006• Times Classical CD of the Week - June 2006• Telegraph Classical CDs of the Week - May 2006
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