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Quote from: kyjo on July 14, 2021, 09:38:17 AMNos. 3 and 6 are the definite standouts for me - even nos. 4 and 5 didn't really grab me. I do recall enjoying the finale of no. 1 with its catchy main theme.
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on July 14, 2021, 09:59:09 AMThe 5th has some gorgeous music. The ending is quite uplifting.
QuoteStanford, Charles Villiers (1852-1924) - Symphonies w/ Vernon Handley and the Ulster Orchestra recorded 1987-1991 - I've been listening to Stanford's chamber works most of the week; will spend the afternoon and tomorrow on his symphonies, composed between 1876-1911 - listening on headphones - sound is excellent for these 30+ year old recordings (DDD) - the main competition is shown below, right, i.e. David Lloyd-Jones and the Bournemouth SO on Naxos in 4 volumes - I could find numerous reviews of the Naxos recordings (attached) but virtually none searching Fanfare, MusicWeb, AllMusic, and ClassicsToday for Handley; BUT, the reviews virtually always make mention of comparisons to Handley, which in my reading seems to be a 'toss up' although the more recent Naxos sound may have an edge at times? Just made a Spotify playlist of the 4 Lloyd-Jones recordings and will give a listen. Dave P.S. Naxos should box these up in a 'thin' package, but likely if done will just put 4 single jewel cases together, their usually approach!
Quote from: Roasted Swan on July 14, 2021, 11:28:50 AMI have to slightly step back from my earlier comments! The disc I was listening to was the Handley recording of the 2nd & 3rd Symphonies and I wrote my comment after No.2 only. Today I completed the disc and did enjoy No.3 a lot. I still find the bare-faced quote from Brahms intriguing! Was Stanford thinking "If Brahms can 'quote' Beethoven in a symphony I can quote Brahms!" Whatever the reason it sounds pretty glorious. Helped as ever by those vintage Chandos recordings from the Ulster Hall in Belfast. The acoustic there gives a warmth and ring to the orchestra that suits the music to a tee.Jeffrey mentioned enjoying Watts as an artist. Many forum readers will know the Watts Gallery tucked in the hill next to the A3 in Surrey. If not its well worth a visit - a curious oasis of Victorian ethos so close to a bustling main road to London! The italianate chapel down the hill is a minor wonder/folly too!
Quote from: aligreto on November 28, 2021, 07:47:17 AMI recently re-listened to Stanford's Irish Rhapsodies [Handley]Irish Rhapsody No. 1 This is a fine, well executed work. Stanford weaves Irish folk music into a, then, modern sounding idiom. The music still sounds energetic and fresh in this presentation. The orchestration is very fine.Irish Rhapsody No. 2 This music is very lyrical and I like its dark hues. The wonderful tone is crafted by the use of dynamics, wonderful harmonies and counterpoint, rich scoring filled with drama and tension and fine pacing. The orchestration is very fine and rich but it is never dense. This is a wonderfully multi-textured work. Handly has a very good feel for this music and it is given very fine treatment here. Irish Rhapsody No. 3 This is a very lyrical work. It is also a cell concertante work. Both elements combine wonderfully here. The music is both expansive and intense. There is a wonderfully natural flow to the cello line which is exciting and spirited. Irish Rhapsody No. 4 I really like the tone and atmosphere of this work. The music is beguiling and very captivating. The scoring is wonderful and, as the music progresses, it becomes more expansive and atmospheric. The music is in a constant state of flux and the various changes in tone, pacing, atmosphere and levels of both tension and drama are always very compelling. This is wonderful music and music making. The levels of intensity are very engrossing. This work, and presentation, has a powerful presence. Irish Rhapsody No. 5 I find the tone of this work to be a curious mixture of the upbeat grounded on the disconcerting. The essentially joyful themes are not fully unleashed; something is, curiously, holding it back which I find to be quite intriguing. I find the central, slow, section to be quite idyllic yet still poignant. However, all is resolved at the conclusion. The harmonies and scoring are very fine and effective. Irish Rhapsody No. 6 I find that the emotionally charged concertante music of the opening section is wonderfully engaging with its relatively sparse but very effective orchestral accompaniment. I like the gradual augmentation in the orchestral forces as the work progresses. The work concludes on a jubilant and positive note.
Quote from: vandermolen on November 28, 2021, 08:49:32 AMInteresting survey Fergus. I think that No.4 is especially impressive. I noticed today that No.3 was included in the Chandos two CD release of British Cello Concertos.
Quote from: Albion on March 03, 2023, 06:58:29 AMAssuming that new releases are still going ahead (since the purchase of Hyperion by Universal) the Martyn Brabbins performance of the glorious Requiem will be released on the 5th of May. They even chose my laptop screen-background, G.F. Watts' "Time, Death and Judgement" as the cover art (Judgement is obliterated by the title, perhaps thankfully), although they could have chosen something by Lord Leighton (who is commemorated in Stanford's work)... In the meantime, here is a PDF of the CD booklet which is up to Hyperion's usual high standard...https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/notes/68418-B.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3hGVn4xx9YsriyxJzjchdy5uEaHogVRRMS5M6fifrbcsEbsp04QmNvvqA
Quote from: Roasted Swan on March 03, 2023, 08:29:59 AMAagh - the compulsive collector's dilemma - do I really need another Stanford Requiem when I haven't listened to the other version in the catalogue which I have and is fine in years.....?!?!?!
Quote from: vers la flamme on March 17, 2023, 05:46:35 PMReally enjoying the 3rd symphony and the 5th Irish Rhapsody, plus the Songs of the Sea & Fleet. Where to next with this composer? Actually I managed to pick up the 6th symphony disc (Chandos, Handley/Ulster) for five bucks, so I guess I'll check that one out. I'm definitely convinced of the value of this composer. @Roasted Swan, I noticed that Brahms quote too (the slow movement of the 3rd, right?), though I wasn't sure whether it was intentional. Now that you mention it, I'm sure he knew what he was doing!Reading the book Albion's Glory gave me a bit of background with regard to Stanford's pedagogical style; apparently, his critiques were limited to "I like it, my boy" or "It's damned ugly, my boy", nothing in between, which I found amusing.
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