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Charles Stanford (1852-1924): String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Horn Fantasy / RTE Vanbrugh Quartet, Stephen Stirling (horn)

Album Summary

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major, Op. 44
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 45
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Fantasy for horn & string quartet in A minor
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Think of Stanford and the genre of the string quartet probably won't come to mind. But he composed no fewer than eight such works over a twenty-eight year period, inspired by his friendship with the great violinist Joseph Joachim. The first two quartets are serious, big-boned works that show Stanford's mastery of the idiom. On this mid-priced Helios series reissue, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet plays with a rare sensitivity and a natural eloquence. Also included is the Horn Fantasy - a dramatic, compelling and flawlessly written work (possibly composed as a tribute to Mozart), superbly played by Stephen Stirling.

Gramophone Magazine
These exemplary first recordings make the best possible case for all this rare material; sound and balance are first-class, too. A strongly recommendable issue, in sum, extensively annotated by Jeremy Dibble. Can we expect further installments?

BBC Music Magazine
These beautifully crafted and attractive string quartets, clearly indebted to Brahms and Mendelssohn, receive highly committed performances. The Fantasy for Horn and String Quartet, one of Stanfordís last compositions, proves to be an unexpected bonus.

The Strad
The string quartet writing here reveals the composer at his most fecund and imaginative. The highly adept RT… Vanbrugh Quartet, which hails from Stanfordís native Dublin, brings a terrific energy to these appetising works.

Fanfare
The playing on this new Hyperion release is flawless, and their tonal palette perfect for Stanfordís music. Stephen Stirlingís horn in the Fantasy is warm and glowing. This is very highly recommended, and with a plea to the Vanbrugh and Hyperion for Stanfordís remaining six quartets.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/22/2003-09/24/2003).



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>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major, Op. 44
  • Ensemble: RTE Vanbrugh Quartet
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/22/2003-09/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 45
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/22/2003-09/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Fantasy for horn & string quartet in A minor
  • Performer: Stephen Stirling (Horn)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/22/2003-09/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 06/02/1922