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Standford: Symphony No. 1, Cello Concerto & Prelude to a Fantasy / Wallfisch, Lloyd-Jones, RSNO


Release Date: 02/10/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 571356   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Patric Standford
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial 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. 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony No. 1 "The Seasons - An English Year" by Patric Standford
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 32 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Cello Concerto by Patric Standford
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 27 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Prelude to a Fantasy, for orchestra ("The Naiades") by Patric Standford
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 9 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Expressive and accessible September 22, 2015 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "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." Report Abuse
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