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Stanford: String Quartet No. 1, Piano Quintet / Lane, Knox, Vanbrugh String Quartet

Stanford / Lane / Vanbrugh Quartet
Release Date: 07/09/2013 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55434   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Garth KnoxPiers Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vanbrugh String QuartetRTE Vanbrugh Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, with the support of Garth Knox (viola) and Piers Lane (piano), continue their excellent survey of Stanford’s neglected chamber works with this recording of his String Quintet No 1 and Piano Quintet.

Growing up in his native Dublin in the 1850s and ’60s, Stanford was no stranger to high-quality chamber music, even if visits to Ireland’s capital by pre-eminent executants of the genre were sporadic. As a teenager he recalled with affection and excitement the solo recitals of Anton Rubinstein, Sigismund Thalberg and Charles Hallé, and string players such as Camillo Sivori, Ludwig Straus, Henry Vieuxtemps, Alfredo Piatti and of course Joseph Joachim, a friend of his father.
Read more /> Stanford’s passion and mastery of the idiom are evident in the substantial catalogue of chamber music he produced throughout his life. His invigorating Piano Quintet dates from 1886 and transports its audience from melancholy introspection (the first two movements are in minor keys) to extrovert joy and optimism; the buoyant, richly scored String Quintet No 1—declared by Parry to be an ‘admirable piece of work’—introduces elaborate ornamental figurations resembling traditional Irish singing.
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Works on This Recording

Quintet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 85 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Garth Knox (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vanbrugh String Quartet,  RTE Vanbrugh Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903 
Quintet for Piano and Strings D minor, Op. 25 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vanbrugh String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; England 

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