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STANFORD, C.V.: Piano Quartet No. 2 / Piano Trio No. 1 / Legend / Irish Fantasies (Gould Piano Trio)

Composer(s):Stanford, Charles Villiers
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572452
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Stanford’s chamber music occupies an important position in his oeuvre. The Piano Trio No. 1 was dedicated to the great Hans von Bülow and is an impressively large-scaled and lyrical work, exuding both elegance and vigour. The Piano Quartet No. 2 was revived by the Gould Trio after long neglect in 2010. It too is an exceptional work, melodically profuse, including folkloric elements and balancing its clement and turbulent aspects with utter assurance. The violin pieces supply appealing qualities of tuneful playfulness. The Gould Trio’s recording of Stanford’s Piano Trio No. 3 [8.570416] was “welcomed with open arms” (Gramophone).


Review By Record Geijutsu,January 2012

8.572452_The Record Geijutsu_012012_ja.pdf

Review By Riccardo Risaliti,Musica,December 2011


Review By James Inverne,Gramophone,November 2011

Charles Villiers Stanford was such a wonderful composer, it hardly needs saying here, and Naxos has done well by him. So well that I ungratefully wonder whether we might have one or two of his operas (Much Ado about Nothing, anyone?). But here is a stylish exploration that shows yet again that our concert halls should be programming more Stanford. I’d go.

Review By Andrew Achenbach ,Gramophone,November 2011

Two superior Stanford works—and another feather in this ensemble’s cap

I’m delighted to be able to report that the Gould Piano Trio are magnificently stylish and sympathetic champions, and in the Piano Quartet they are joined by the excellent David Adams on the viola. Benefiting from top-notch production values throughout, this generously filled disc should be snapped up without delay.

Review By Elaine Fine,American Record Guide,November 2011

Dublin-born Sir Charles Villiers Stanford[’s]…music on this recording makes it clear that he was one of the very finest composers of the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Stanford’s ‘Legend’ and his ‘Jig’ and ‘Hush Song’…are gorgeous and subtly Irish. Why these pieces are not part of the standard violin and piano literature is a mystery to me.

All the playing on this recording is excellent. I’m extremely grateful to these marvelous musicians for introducing me to these newlyunearthed treasures.

To read the complete review, please visit American Record Guide online.

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