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Think of British music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the name most likely to spring to mind is Sir Edward Elgar. Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s name remained in the shadow of the younger Elgar, though his music is now enjoying something of a renaissance. Naxos is pleased to be making a significant contribution to this development.

Stanford’s success as a founding professor of composition at London's Royal College of Music is reflected in an impressive roster of students that came under his influence, including Holst, Vaughan Williams, Ireland, Coleridge-Taylor, Bridge, Bliss and Howells. Nurtured by Stanford into a rich artistic generation they contributed, ironically, to his own relative and undeserved obscurity after the turn of the twentieth century. Today, however, Stanford's works are receiving a most welcome review.

Stanford, C.V.: Choral Music - Stabat Mater / Song to the Soul / The Resurrection
8.573512
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Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852–1924)
Choral Music
Stabat Mater1
Song to the Soul • The Resurrection2

Elizabeth Cragg, Soprano1
Catherine Hopper, Mezzo-Soprano1
Robert Murray, Tenor1,2
David Soar, Bass1
The Bach Choir
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
David Hill

Choral music was central to Charles Villiers Stanford’s life as a composer. Balancing solemnity with rapturous affirmation, The Resurrection was his first major choral work, written while he was studying under Carl Reinecke in Leipzig and anticipating Mahler’s use of Klopstock’s eponymous poem in his ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. The dramatic, at times almost operatic and Wagnerian Stabat Mater is a cantata with two purely orchestral movements suggestive of a large-scale symphony, while Song to the Soul contains some of Stanford’s most exhilarating utterances, though it was never performed in his lifetime.

Listen to an extract from
Song to the Soul


Other recordings of works by Stanford
8.570285
STANFORD, C.V.:
Symphonies, Vol. 1
(Nos. 4 and 7)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
David Lloyd-Jones
“A new Stanford series,
and about time—this one promises
to be the best.”
Audiophile Audition ★★★★

  Listen to an extract from
Symphony No. 4:
IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo

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8.570355
STANFORD, C.V.:
Symphonies, Vol. 3
(Nos. 3 and 6)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
David Lloyd-Jones
“Another high-quality addition to David Lloyd-Jones's rewarding Stanford cycle.”
Gramophone
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8.570289
STANFORD, C.V.:
Symphonies, Vol. 2
(Nos. 2 and 5)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
David Lloyd-Jones
“This is another distinguished instalment in this Stanford cycle.
More please!”
MusicWeb International

  Listen to an extract from
Symphony No. 2:
II. Lento espressivo

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“The playing of all the music on this CD is simply superb … 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.”
MusicWeb International

  Listen to an extract from
Piano Quartet No. 2 in
C Minor:
III. Scherzo: Allegro

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8.570356
STANFORD, C.V.:
Symphonies, Vol. 4
(No. 1, Clarinet Concerto)

Robert Plane
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
David Lloyd-Jones
“As with the other three recordings, Lloyd-Jones shows a real flair for the classical architecture of Stanford’s art but at the same time he responds to the underlying and inescapable passion that exudes from the scores.”
Gramophone
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8.555794
STANFORD, C.V.:
Anthems and Services

Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge
Christopher Robinson
“The church music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford stands at the very heart of the Anglican tradition, and Christopher Robinson with his splendid, fresh-voiced choir of St John’s, Cambridge, offers an ideal cross-section ... As in other issues in the excellent Naxos series, the chapel acoustic is warmly atmospheric, while allowing lightness and transparency in the choral textures, with words commendably clear.”
Penguin Guide ★★★★

  Listen to an extract from
3 Latin Motets:
Coelos ascendit hodie

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8.573388
STANFORD, C.V.:
Piano Trio No.2 /
Piano Quartet No.1

Gould Piano Trio, David Adams
“…the Gould Piano Trio…really shines in these works, and you won’t go wrong with this recent 2014 recording.”
Fanfare
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8.570416
STANFORD, C.V.:
Clarinet Sonata /
Piano Trio No. 3 /
2 Fantasies

Robert Plane,
Gould Piano Trio, Mia Cooper,
David Adams
“The impeccable playing and good sound quality on this Naxos release should continue to endorse the resurgence of Stanford’s chamber music.”
MusicWeb International
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