Started by tjguitar, May 19, 2007, 09:06:45 PM
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Quote from: SonicMan on April 24, 2011, 06:25:10 AMWell, at this point (may add more later!), just ordered the 2 sets below from Amazon USA - looking forward to the 'Irish' works (one of my grandmothers was 100% Irish although born in the USA, her parents had immigrated):
Quote from: Mirror Image on April 24, 2011, 06:28:18 AMYou simply can't go wrong with these releases. Both were my introductions to Stanford's music.
Quote from: kyjo on September 30, 2013, 06:25:23 PMJust finished listening to Stanford's The Blue Bird on YouTube, recommended to me by John. Very nice! The harmonies in this work seem a bit more forward-looking than in most of Stanford's other compositions I have heard, almost impressionstic, in fact.
Quote from: kyjo on April 05, 2019, 08:17:45 PMI'm just beginning to realize what a fantastic composer Stanford was. People who dismiss his music as "academic" or "stuffy" clearly haven't given it a fair chance. Recently I've been endlessly delighted by works such as the 3rd and 6th symphonies, the 2nd piano concerto, and the Irish Rhapsody no. 5. Stanford showed a real gift for memorable melody and orchestration, and doesn't shy away from genuine profundity either, as in the slow movement of the 6th Symphony. If the names "Brahms" or "Tchaikovsky" were attached to any of his orchestral works, American orchestras would simply be eating them up!
Quote from: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on April 06, 2019, 02:03:06 PMI haven't listened to a huge amount of Stanford, but I can't say I have the same experience, and comparing him to Brahms seems really out there. My recollection of symphonies 2 and 3 include attractive melodies, skillful orchestration but rather foursquare and prosaic. Nothing approaching the rhythmic complexity and subtlety of harmony and orchestration that I associate with Brahms. Perhaps I should be listening to Irish Rhapsodies instead of Symphonies.
Quote from: vandermolen on April 05, 2019, 11:31:53 PMDo you know the Irish Rhapsody No.4 Kyle? It is my favourite work by Stanford.
Quote from: kyjo on July 26, 2020, 07:41:03 PMWell, now I do! What a fantastic work; Stanford at his most imaginative, colorful, and folksy.My most recent Stanford discovery has been his Songs of the Fleet:Another work which shows Stanford at his very best. It possesses a true melodic gift and is expertly written for both the voice and the orchestra. The songs alternate between lyrical/atmospheric and swashbuckling with that quintessentially "British naval" feel. I had the jaunty fourth song, The Little Admiral, stuck in my head for days after listening! Needless to say, the performances on this disc are exemplary.
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