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Stanford: Music for Violin & Piano / Barritt, Edwards

Stanford / Barritt / Edwards
Release Date: 03/12/2013 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55362   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Paul BarrittCatherine Edwards
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Violinist Paul Barritt brings Stanford’s rarely performed chamber music into the spotlight with this disc of works for violin and piano. Its neglect seems unfair: this is music of great charm, Stanford’s gift for the most fluid lyricism touched by the wistfulness of the folksongs of his native Ireland. Barritt’s honeyed tone and sumptuous vibrato are well-suited to the lyrical ebb and flow of the two violin sonatas. The First was written early in Stanford’s career, and its songful, reflective quality points the way to the more complex emotions of the Second, the shadow of Brahms revealed in the tempestuous sweep of its melodies and frequent syncopations. Barritt’s delicacy of touch is echoed in pianist Catherine Edwards’s supreme Read more transparency of texture , both players excelling in the sober Adagio which moves between an exquisite economy of gesture to more sorrowful, darker hues. The miniatures – Caoine, one of Stanford’s Six Irish Fantasies and the Five Characteristic Pieces – are more straightforward in conception but no less appealing. The vein of Irish folk music runs close to the surface in Caoine in its soulful, plaintive cries, which Barritt imbues with great warmth. The Characteristic Pieces are vividly detailed, from the lithe Capriccio to the introspective L’envoi, and here, as throughout the disc, Barritt and Edwards prove themselves fine advocates of Stanford’s musical riches.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5) star

-- Catherine Nelson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 11 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Paul Barritt (Violin), Catherine Edwards (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880; England 
2.
Irish Fantasies for Violin and Piano, Op. 54: no 1, Caoine by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Paul Barritt (Violin), Catherine Edwards (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; England 
3.
Characteristic Pieces (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 93 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Paul Barritt (Violin), Catherine Edwards (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; England 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in G major, Op. 70 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Catherine Edwards (Piano), Paul Barritt (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1898; England 

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