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STANFORD, C.V.: Symphonies, Vol. 4 (No. 1, Clarinet Concerto) (Bournemouth Symphony, Lloyd-Jones)

Composer(s):Stanford, Charles Villiers
Artist(s) Plane, Robert, clarinet • Lloyd-Jones, David, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570356
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This final volume of the Naxos cycle of the complete Stanford Symphonies features the substantial First Symphony, whose first movement, with its spacious introduction and exposition repeat, is a remarkably broad structure and, at something a little over 18 minutes, must surely be the longest instrumental movement ever written by a British composer until the opening movement of Elgar’s First Symphony some thirty years later. The use of stopped horns is most unusual for a symphony written in the late 1870s. Stanford’s tuneful late romantic Clarinet Concerto has become the most frequently heard and recorded of the composer’s orchestral works.


Review By Luca Rosetto Casel,Musica,September 2012


Review By Em Marshall,Albion Magazine Online,September 2009

Stanford’s First Symphony is here given an elegant performance under the masterly baton of David Lloyd-Jones. The symphony has an unusually long first movement, a dancing and almost Mahlerian second movement (which might have benefitted from a slightly lighter touch and a little more rhythmic freedom), and a lively and energetic fourth movement. It is paired with the Clarinet Concerto, now one of Stanford’s best-known works, in which Robert Plane is the excellent soloist. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is outstanding in these two delightful works.

Review By Malcolm Hayes,Classic FM,February 2009

Stanford was a prolific master-technician who, as composer and teacher, did much to lay the foundations of English music's flowering in the 20th century. His own idiom had everything—except individuality. At times in the immaculately written First Symphony his roistering Irish roots push through, as in the first movement's main theme. Elsewhere here, and in the Clarinet Concerto, the manner of Mendelssohn and Schumann dominates likeably, if unremittingly. To judge from the excellence of both performances, it's also music that's good to play, with Plane relishing the Concerto's virtuoso solo part.

Review By Classica,February 2009


Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2008

So we reach the final volume of the complete symphonies of Charles Villiers Stanford conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, the most important addition to Stanford in the CD catalogue.



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