Review By Jerry Dubins ,Fanfare,January 2012
the Gould Piano Trio performs the trio as beautifully as one could ask, and joined by violist David Adams, they play the quartet with the fullness of passion it deserves. As a duo, Gould and Frith are charming in the pieces for violin and piano. For all chamber music lovers, this is strongly recommended.
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Review By Record Geijutsu,January 2012
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Review By Christopher Howell ,MusicWeb International,December 2011
Not a cycle as such, but all of Stanford’s chamber music for more than one stringed instrument and piano has now been recorded. The première recording of the unpublished Second Piano Quartet reveals a major work and the new version of Piano Trio no.1 is at least the equal of its predecessor by the Pirasti Trio. The three beautiful pieces for violin and piano are premières too. © MusicWeb International
Review By Riccardo Risaliti,Musica,December 2011
Review By John France ,MusicWeb International,November 2011
The playing of all the music on this CD is simply superb. The Gould Trio, David Adams and Benjamin Frith are bold advocates for this important and interesting music. It is finely recorded. The notes by Jeremy Dibble are extremely helpful.
This is one of the best CDs of British chamber music to be released in recent years. It is essential listening for anyone who loves Stanford and/or British chamber music. How anyone could listen to this CD and still believe that Stanford’s music is ‘as dry as dust’ totally evades me. Read complete review
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.
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Review By Christopher Howell,MusicWeb International,October 2011
The First Piano Trio… remained dormant until the present recording and a performance by the same forces in 2010. The manuscript has been edited by Jeremy Dibble, who also provides the authoritative notes.
…no one who buys this CD—which deserves to be a bestseller—is likely to conclude that Stanford himself had failed to deliver. Furthermore, while Stanford’s use of first-movement sonata form in his symphonies always retained a certain academic correctness—and in fact he gradually abandoned the symphony in favour of the Irish Rhapsody for his major orchestral statements—he allowed himself a more inventive approach to form in his chamber music.
Review By David Hurwitz,ClassicsToday.com,October 2011
[Stanford’s] best pieces are always those where he allows the folk influence to shine, as in the two Irish Fantasies included here…The First Piano Trio has two charming middle movements, including a curious minuet that also doubles as a sort of slow movement.
Review By John Terauds,Toronto Star,August 2011
…thanks to dedicated enthusiasts like England’s Gould Trio…we can roll around in some of his most engaging music through gorgeous interpretations….the Goulds…elegantly serve up the four-movement… Other treats on the album are the sparkling, spacious Piano Trio No. 1 and some light stuff—a Legend and two of a set of six Irish Fantasies—that serves as the whipped cream, with cherry on top.
Review By Bob McQuiston,Classical Lost and Found,August 2011
The Gould Piano Trio continue their investigation of rarely heard chamber music by British composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford…on this new CD from Naxos. These are all world premiere recordings except for the trio. And we have the Gould to thank for resurrecting the quartet, which was never published. Prior to their revival of it last year, it probably hadn’t been performed publicly since 1914!
Review By Brian Wilson Download Roundup,MusicWeb International,August 2011
Naxos have already done well by Stanford with recordings of his symphonies...choral music and the Piano Trio No.3, etc., played by the Gould Piano Trio. (8.570416—see reviews by Michael Cookson and Christopher Howell (Bargain of the Month.)
Much as I enjoyed that earlier recording, I think the current successor is even better. If you still harboured any misconceptions about Stanford as a comfortable Victorian composer, forget them: the First Piano Trio combines as much intensity and lyricism as any of Elgar’s chamber music and the Gould
Review By Blair Sanderson,Allmusic.com,August 2011
…the Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major, which was recorded by the Pirasti Trio and released on ASV in 2001, the remaining works on this disc receive a thorough dusting off by the Gould Piano Trio, which consists of violinist Lucy Gould, cellist Alice Neary, and pianist Benjamin Frith, who perform in the piano trio, and are joined by violist David Adams in the Piano Quartet No. 2 in C minor. Typical of Stanford’s style are the expansive forms and long-breathed melodies of noble character, supported throughout by rhythmic gestures and energetic counterpoint, which was strongly by Johannes Brahms. The Piano Trio and the Piano Quartet exude a sweet Romanticism, and the richness of the harmonies and gracefulness of the melodies should win these pieces many more