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The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 2 - Stanford / Marwood


Release Date: 12/12/2000 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67208   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Anthony Marwood
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Hyperion has brought together two fetching, large-scale pieces by Charles Villiers Stanford for its "The Romantic Violin" series. Both are mature works, written in 1888 and 1899 during Stanford's "high noon", when the Cambridge-based Irishman was winning acclaim at home and abroad as a leading British composer. The earlier Suite was written for his mentor, the great German violinist Joseph Joachim. It's a piece of considerable beauty, both an homage to past musical styles and a tune-filled example of highbrow populism that repays multiple hearings. It begins with a nod to Bach's solo violin music, and the titles of some movements (as well as their music)--such as Allemande and
Read more Tambourine--continue the Baroque-style tribute. Though longish (just shy of half-an-hour), it never overstays its welcome.


The Violin Concerto, though, is more ambitious. At 38 minutes it clearly strives for importance, but the striving never becomes pretentious; rather it's the inevitable result of profligate melodic riches and their intricate working out. The concerto opens with quietly whirling winds and plucked strings reminiscent of airy Mendelssohnian fairy-music, over which the violin enters with lyric expansiveness. Throughout, interest is maintained not only by the violin's lyricism (Stanford doesn't favor flashy super-virtuoso pyrotechnics) but also by the varied orchestration. The central Adagio, somber in nature, features a melody for the violin that makes you want to push the repeat button. The Irish-tinged finale is rousing in a gentlemanly way (those Victorian composers never pushed their Romanticism over the top). Anthony Marwood is a fine soloist in both pieces, playing with security, warm tone, and fine-honed lyricism, and Martyn Brabbins and his Scottish band provide excellent support. Top-drawer sound and annotations clinch the recommendation.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 74 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin)
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1901; England 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2. Suite for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 32 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin)
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, England 
Length: 28 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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