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Title: Stanford on Somm
Post by: Albion on July 19, 2021, 10:06:08 am
Members are strongly recommended to explore Somm's extensive catalogue of music by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), including a now-completed cycle of the eight string quartets (perhaps the first really significant contributions to the genre in Britain) and a truly lovely disc of partsongs.

https://www.somm-recordings.com/?s=stanford (https://www.somm-recordings.com/?s=stanford)

(https://collectionimages.npg.org.uk/large/mw165480/Sir-Charles-Villiers-Stanford.jpg)

 :)



Title: Re: Stanford on Somm
Post by: Lionel Harrison on July 19, 2021, 10:31:26 am
Members are strongly recommended to explore Somm's extensive catalogue of music by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), including a now-completed cycle of the eight string quartets (perhaps the first really significant contributions to the genre in Britain) and a truly lovely disc of partsongs.

https://www.somm-recordings.com/?s=stanford (https://www.somm-recordings.com/?s=stanford)

 :)


I couldn't agree more about the Somm cycle of string quartets (all of which I have as downloads) but I don't know the partsongs (apart from the delightfull but ubiqiotous The Bluebird). It looks as if my pension might have to take another hit. :-\


Title: Re: Stanford on Somm
Post by: Albion on July 19, 2021, 11:13:20 am
I don't know the partsongs (apart from the delightfull but ubiqiotous The Bluebird). It looks as if my pension might have to take another hit. :-\

Well worth it! Some really great examples of the genre and beautifully performed. A similar disc of Parry's partsongs would be very welcome...

 ;)


Title: Re: Stanford on Somm
Post by: Lionel Harrison on July 19, 2021, 11:28:09 am
I don't know the partsongs (apart from the delightfull but ubiqiotous The Bluebird). It looks as if my pension might have to take another hit. :-\

Well worth it! Some really great examples of the genre and beautifully performed. A similar disc of Parry's partsongs would be very welcome...

 ;)

Oh, all right then. Pension day Thursdasy... Ker-ching! By the way, agreed re Parry too.


Title: Re: Stanford on Somm
Post by: Albion on July 19, 2021, 11:51:23 am
I don't know the partsongs (apart from the delightfull but ubiqiotous The Bluebird). It looks as if my pension might have to take another hit. :-\

Well worth it! Some really great examples of the genre and beautifully performed. A similar disc of Parry's partsongs would be very welcome...

 ;)

Oh, all right then. Pension day Thursdasy... Ker-ching! By the way, agreed re Parry too.

Spend, spend, spend! As me old granny used to opine with Oldham-ese wisdom "there's no pockets in shrouds"...

(https://i.pinimg.com/474x/f7/c5/a6/f7c5a69104e18219e2f40383b08288bf--hoovers-funeral.jpg)

...nope, none there anyway.

 :D


Title: Re: Stanford on Somm
Post by: Lionel Harrison on July 19, 2021, 12:11:25 pm
I don't know the partsongs (apart from the delightfull but ubiqiotous The Bluebird). It looks as if my pension might have to take another hit. :-\

Well worth it! Some really great examples of the genre and beautifully performed. A similar disc of Parry's partsongs would be very welcome...

 ;)

Oh, all right then. Pension day Thursdasy... Ker-ching! By the way, agreed re Parry too.

Spend, spend, spend! As me old granny used to opine with Oldham-ese wisdom "there's no pockets in shrouds"...

 :D

Wise indeed. My old granny used to have a saying too: "Enough" is a little drop more (as she poured out yet another glass of Guinness)! And, more perhaps on point to the present discourse, my old dad used to say, "You spend a long time dead".

Anyhow, at 4.50 for an MP3 download, it looks like remarkably good value and so I have invested in same. Thank you again for the pointer.


Title: Re: Stanford on Somm
Post by: Chriskh on July 23, 2021, 01:13:46 pm
The cycle of string quartets (plus the two string quintets) is unreservedly welcome.

As for the partsongs, while of course any disc that introduces new Stanford to CD has to be welcomed, I had the feeling that an opportunity had been missed. I wrote about all this at (perhaps too great) length when the disc came out - http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Dec/Stanfordian_thoughts_8.pdf - so I will only repeat my disappointment at the cherry-picking selection and higgledy-piggledy order, and note that, when an alternative performance exists (not necessarily currently available), it is often preferable.


Title: Re: Stanford on Somm
Post by: Albion on July 23, 2021, 01:39:07 pm
The cycle of string quartets (plus the two string quintets) is unreservedly welcome.

As for the partsongs, while of course any disc that introduces new Stanford to CD has to be welcomed, I had the feeling that an opportunity had been missed. I wrote about all this at (perhaps too great) length when the disc came out - http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Dec/Stanfordian_thoughts_8.pdf - so I will only repeat my disappointment at the cherry-picking selection and higgledy-piggledy order, and note that, when an alternative performance exists (not necessarily currently available), it is often preferable.

That's a brilliant and highly informative survey, thanks Chris. Yes, I would prefer groups of pieces such as the Elizabethan Pastorals to be recorded in toto across a series of volumes. Still I think the Somm disc is a valuable effort and will prove an introduction into Stanford's choral world away from the church for many listeners.

 :)