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Patric Standford (1939-2011): Symphony No. 1 'The Seasons'; Cellon Concerto; Prelude to a Fantasy / Raphael Wallfisch, cello

Album Summary

>Standford, Patric : Symphony no 1 "The Seasons - An English Year"
>Standford, Patric : Concerto for Cello
>Standford, Patric : Prelude to a Fantasy, for orchestra ("The Naiades")
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Patric Standford wrote in a wide variety of forms, from large-scale orchestral and choral music to a cappella, chamber and instrumental pieces. While teaching at the Guildhall School of Music in London he won several major international composition prizes. The First Symphony, each movement of which is named after a season, grew from a string piece conceived as a memorial for the conductor Sir John Barbirolli. Dedicated to and premièred by the soloist on this recording, Raphael Wallfisch, the powerful Cello Concerto is built around a theme from the fifth movement, Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (You now are sorrowful) of Brahms' German Requiem.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Patric Standford (1939-2014) is a British composer who was with us until recently. I loved the music and the playing then and I still do. Standford has a romantically grand but thoughtful approach to music that appeals to my senses. For further description, see the earlier review. The sound on Naxos is fine. Whichever you can find is well worth owning.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (11/23/2011-11/24/2011).



Reviews

Expressive and accessible
Listening to the music of Patric Standford, other composers come to mind. The works flow smoothly and organically, like those of his teacher Edmund Rubbra. The skittering passages of the Prelude to a Fantasy sound like more tonal versions of those by Lutoslawski (who Standford also studied with). And over all of this, there's a practical cast to the music -- and its eminent playability -- that reminded me quite a bit of Malcolm Arnold.

The centerpiece of this album is Standford's first symphony. Titled "The Seasons -- An English Year" this 1972 work quite effectively conjures up the English countryside, with each movement corresponding to a season. Though not a ground-breaking work, it is a well-constructed one, and if you're fond of Arnold or Rubbra, there's much here to enjoy.

Raphael Wallfisch plays Standford's 1974 cello concerto with straight-forward conviction, which (I think) presents the music in it's best possible light. Rather than creating a showpiece for technique, Standford seemed more interested in creating a work that let the cello sing. And Wallfisch makes his instrument do just that.

David Lloyd-Jones and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra deliver highly expressive performances that bring out the beauty for Standford's compositions. A well-recorded album of interesting music. While some may not consider Standford to be a world-class composer, I think his music holds it own at least in the realm of British 20th Century music.
Submitted on 09/22/15 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Standford, Patric : Symphony no 1 "The Seasons - An English Year"
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (11/23/2011-11/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Standford, Patric : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (11/23/2011-11/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Standford, Patric : Prelude to a Fantasy, for orchestra ("The Naiades")
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (11/23/2011-11/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary