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Stanford: Piano Trio No. 2; Piano Quartet No. 1 / Gould Piano Trio, David Adams, viola

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>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 73
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 15
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Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times, 22nd March 2015
The excellent Gould Trio are making a case for [Stanford's chamber works]. The confident, expertly worked outer movements sound to me a bit too Brahmsian for their own individuality, but the middle movements - the quartet's incisive scherzo, the trio's beautiful andante - are true inventions.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2015
The relative smallness of piano trio repertory is partly due to the medium's balance difficulties...Such is Stanford's skill in the Piano Trio No. 2 that the problem seems not to exist: its three performers clearly revel in the music's transparency and freedom, Benjamin Frith's piano-playing a feast of tonal loveliness and supple phrasing.

One of Britain's leading composers and educators of his day, Stanford considered chamber music an essential representation of 'absolute music'. His mastery of extended instrumental forms truly comes of age in the First Piano Quartet, a work that breathes a confidence and fluency to rival Brahms. An adventurous harmonic palette distinguishes the Second Piano Trio, the Beethovenian pathos of its slow movement contrasting with the defiant turbulence of its cyclically related outer movements. The Gould Trio is 'magnificently stylish' (Gramophone) in their recording of Stanford's First Piano Trio (8.572452).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (03/24/2014-03/26/2014).



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>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 73
  • Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio
  • Notes: Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (03/24/2014-03/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 15
  • Performer: David Adams [Violin/Viola] (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio
  • Notes: Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (03/24/2014-03/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1879