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« 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.

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