Stanford: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Stanford: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

by David Lloyd-Jones
     
 

First recorded digitally in the late '80s for Chandos with Vernon Handley leading the Ulster Orchestra, C.V. Stanford's symphonies were recorded again in the late 2000s for Naxos by David Lloyd-Jones leading the Bournemouth Symphony. The first disc in the series is this coupling of the "Symphony No. 4See more details below

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First recorded digitally in the late '80s for Chandos with Vernon Handley leading the Ulster Orchestra, C.V. Stanford's symphonies were recorded again in the late 2000s for Naxos by David Lloyd-Jones leading the Bournemouth Symphony. The first disc in the series is this coupling of the "Symphony No. 4 in F major" and the "Symphony No. 7 in D minor." Lloyd-Jones, the conductor who has made so many fine Naxos recordings of English modernist music for Naxos -- one thinks of his recordings of Alwyn, Bax, and Rawsthorne -- proves equally adept at English romantic music. While he can do nothing to excise the echoes of Schumann, Mendelssohn, and above all Brahms from these scores, Lloyd-Jones and the Bournemouth make the best possible case for Stanford's integrity, sincerity, and obvious compositional skill. Here, the large-scale "Fourth" from 1888 is a masterfully written work that comes close to profundity in the Andante molto moderato, while the lighter "Seventh" from 1911 is an almost neo-Classical work of consummate poise and balance. While neither work is especially original, both will fascinate listeners who already know the symphonies of Elgar. Naxos' 2006 digital sound is rich, warm, and detailed.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News - Scott Cantrell
[Grade: A-] The symphonies paired here are real beauties, strong yet graceful.... Wonderful late offshoots of the rich 19th-century Austro-German symphonic tradition, lovingly performed and resonantly recorded.
Daily Telegraph - Geoffrey Norris
But both these works repay listening for their creative energy, melodic allure and confident handling of structure and orchestral colouring.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313028573
catalogNumber:
8570285
Rank:
372199

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  1. Symphony No. 4 in F major, Op. 31  - Charles Villiers Stanford  - David Lloyd-Jones  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  2. Symphony, No 7 in D minor, Op. 124  - Charles Villiers Stanford  - David Lloyd-Jones  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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