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Stanford: Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto - McCawley / Levitin / Yates

Stanford: Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto - McCawley / Levitin / Yates

Dutton  CDLX 7350

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Stanford: Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto, Concert Overture

Leon McCawley (piano)
Sergei Levitin (violin)
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Martin Yates (conductor)

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Comment by hiredfox - April 1, 2018 (1 of 4)

I saw this release with some relief having hoped that Dutton had not abandoned its late venture into SACD. This is worth shot for the new works.

Comment by Gilbert Burnett - April 11, 2018 (2 of 4)

I don't think Dutton are quick enough to notify this site about their releases. I think there are another couple of new SACDs which haven't made the listings yet.

Comment by William Hecht - April 11, 2018 (3 of 4)

There are, including the Ina Boyle violin concerto that I've never heard. I ordered them direct and just received notice that they shipped today.

Comment by hiredfox - April 12, 2018 (4 of 4)

This one I have. Both the Violin Concerto and the Piano Concerto have good tunes in parts but they fail in my eyes - or to my ears - because of the somewhat banal orchestration supporting them, lacking dialogue and interaction with the soloist and exploration of the orchestral colour palette. The orchestra seems for the large part to just saunter along in the background without much impact on the themes of the soloists.

Charles Stanford music leans back to Brahms in style or at least the great composer was his main inspiration but his orchestral works have not survived in the central repertoire and it is not too difficult to see why. He was 'though an excellent tutor in London and many famous composers were his students and surpassed him as composers, Elgar and Holst to name a couple.

I doubt even the most ardent supporters of long lost works will feel this is worth having in their collections.