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STANFORD: Symphonies, Vol. 2 (Nos. 2 and 5)

Composer(s):Stanford, Charles Villiers
Artist(s) Lloyd-Jones, David, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570289
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Of the British composers to have emerged immediately before Elgar, the most significant were Sir Hubert Parry and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Central to Stanford’s achievement are the seven symphonies covering the greater part of his career. Although they remain well within the stylistic orbit of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms, these accomplished works are marked by resourceful and often subtle orchestration. Symphony No. 2, ‘Elegiac’, completed in 1880, seems to have no overt elegiac intent, although it is prefaced by a quotation from Tennyson’s In Memoriam. Symphony No. 5 was inspired by Milton’s poems L’Allegro and Il Penseroso, lines from which are included in the score, and reprinted in the booklet

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Review By Paolo Bertoli,Naxos,October 2008


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Review By Hugh Shirley,MusicalCriticism.com,October 2007

I can recommend this disc as an enjoyable musical experience, extremely well played and cleanly recorded

Listening to this disc, the second in Naxos's cycle of the symphonies, of Charles Stanford made me pity the lot of those composers who, hard working and not unsuccessful in their lifetimes, failed to find a position, however lowly, in the musical pantheon. Although Stanford's name lives on through much of his excellent and oft-performed church music, the two symphonies on this disc, both extremely well crafted and enjoyable works, seem to have started their decent into oblivion almost as soon as the ink dried on the page.

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Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2007

By birth Charles Villiers Stanford was Irish, his English parents at the time living in Dublin, though as a teenager he was back in England as a student at Cambridge University where, instead of studying law as his father intended, he chose a career in music. Highly regarded as an organist in his younger years, he turned to composition and moved to study in Leipzig and subsequently in Berlin. Returning to Cambridge he was appointed Professor of Composition, and soon afterwards took the same position at the newly created Royal College of Music in London. It was the emergence of Edward Elgar and the international success he enjoyed as a native composer that created the widely held belief that there could have been nothing of value produced in England during the previous two centuries,

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