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The Romantic Cello Concerto, Vol. 3 / Stanford: Complete works for Cello & Orchestra / Gemma Rosefield, cello

Album Summary

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Concerto for Cello in D minor
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Rondo for cello & orchestra in F major
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Ballata, for cello & piano, Op. 160/1
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Irish Rhapsody for orchestra No 3, Op. 137
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion's third disc in their Romantic Cello Concerto series sees the brilliant young cellist Gemma Rosefield making her label debut. Rosefield was the winner of the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award at Wigmore Hall in 2007 and has garnered great acclaim for her spirited playing. Irish-born Charles Villiers Stanford is far better known for his choral music, but this disc of rarities reveals the composer's original orchestral voice. His D minor Cello Concerto, with its continuous thematic development and lilting melodies, was a major landmark in the repertoire of British cello music. In the overtly romantic Ballata and Ballabile, Stanford displays an extraordinary lyricism. Rosefield gives thoughtful performances throughout, her tone both beautifully consistent and richly hued, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play with their usual aplomb under the baton of Andrew Manze.

"[Rosefield] certainly has technique to burn (try the finale of the Concerto) and is sensitive to mood and atmosphere, delightfully so in the Rondo, but I should have liked a richer, more penetrating tone in the Concerto...Manze brings unexpected authority to the proceedings" -Classic FM

"Stanford's sturdy, Brahmsian Cello Concerto and the folksong-rich Third Rhapsody are the highlights here, superbly played by Gemma Rosefield." -BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone Magazine
[Rosefield] plays with disarming character and freshness; her technique, too, is enviably sure and tone beguilingly rounded... Rosefield and Manze do [the Irish Rhapsody] proud. They also bring a comparable sensitivity and flair to the Ballata and Ballabile, a typically resourceful and charming diptych composed in 1918 for Beatrice Harrison. Admirable sound and truthful balance; another Hyperion winner!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Cancleriggs, Glasgow (01/06/2011-01/07/2011).



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Works Details

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Concerto for Cello in D minor
  • Performer: Gemma Rosefield (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Cancleriggs, Glasgow (01/06/2011-01/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879-1880

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Rondo for cello & orchestra in F major
  • Performer: Gemma Rosefield (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: City Halls, Cancleriggs, Glasgow (01/06/2011-01/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Ballata, for cello & piano, Op. 160/1
  • Performer: Gemma Rosefield (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: City Halls, Cancleriggs, Glasgow (01/06/2011-01/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Irish Rhapsody for orchestra No 3, Op. 137
  • Performer: Gemma Rosefield (Cello)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: City Halls, Cancleriggs, Glasgow (01/06/2011-01/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914