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Stanford: Irish Rhapsody, Funeral March 'The Martyrdom', Piano Concerto No. 2
 
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Stanford: Irish Rhapsody, Funeral March 'The Martyrdom', Piano Concerto No. 2

21 Aug. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 29 Aug. 2007
  • Release Date: 21 Aug. 2007
  • Label: Lyrita
  • Copyright: 2007 Lyrita
  • Total Length: 1:03:17
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  • ASIN: B001LDPBAY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,415 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Andrews on 30 May 2014
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I must confess at the outset that in common with many music lovers I have been guilty of a tendency to accept the verdict of commentators in regarding the music of British composers of the second half of the 19th century as "re-hashed Brahms" or "too Germanic", or whatever. I read once that Parry and Stanford were "in thrall" to Brahms. I have in fact had this CD for a few years now, but I have re-evaluated it recently and have come to realise what fine music this is.
Before going on to discuss the works on the disc, I need to talk about comparisons of one composer`s music with that of another. Just as, for example, Raff`s symphonies are compared to the work of Mendelssohn, Schumann and, yes, Brahms, and found wanting somewhat, mainly due to their neglect, there are tendencies to compare the work of Parry and Stanford with that of Germanic composers, and as far as the Piano Concerto here is concerned, even with those of Rachmaninov! Comparisons are often odious, and are probably what led to the century of neglect of Stanford`s music in the first place. So, let us try to consider the music here for what it is.
There are three works, and I will take them in order of length, the shortest first. That is the Funeral March from the incidental music to Tennyson`s "Becket", Op.48. It was written at the request of Tennyson for a performance of his play featuring Irving. It is a solemn piece as one would expect, but it is not dirge-like; at the outset I fancy I detect the attack of the knights on the defenceless Becket, the rest is a dignified farewell to the title character.
Then we have the Fourth Irish Rhapsody, to which Stanford suggests a title, "the fisherman of Lough Neagh, and what he saw.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ZenVortex on 27 Aug. 2011
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Introducing the "British Rachmaninov" -- Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Seriously, although you probably never heard of him, he is incredibly good and composed three world-class piano concerti in the late Romantic style, very similar to Rachmaninov.

The Stanford #2 is SOOOOOOOOOOO incredibly British, it makes me feel really patriotic (which I am not). Exquisite melodies, lush orchestration, foot-tapping rhythms. Equal in every respect to Rachmaninov but unmistakably British, with mood a similar to Rule Brittania!

After many years of neglect, Stanford (who is buried next to Purcell in Westminster Abbey) is being rediscovered. Join the party! This outstanding British composer easily holds his own against Brahms, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky -- any of the great Europeans or Russians. You will be pleasantly surprised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Splendid British Concerto 29 May 2011
By ZenVortex - Published on Amazon.com
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The concerto is the main reason to own this CD. It reflects the majestic grandeur of the British Empire and easily holds its own against contemporary "foreign" concerti such as the Rachmaninov 1 and 2 or any of the Scharwenka concerti.

Stanford's concerto is a truly beautiful work with memorable melodies and great rolling arpeggios that evoke patriotic images of Britannia ruling the waves. This is one of the best Romantic concerti and reveals Stanford as a great British composer whose work deserves greater recognition. Highly recommended.
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A much neglected composer 8 May 2010
By ronin - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent piano concerto. Found Stanford by accident some time ago and have been collecting his work. The Orchestra works with the pianist rather than against
him. Stanford is neglected as not heard of much in the US; that is a shame.

The Lyrita label is technically excellent on this piece.
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Nice Surprise 3 Dec. 2007
By Liam Liams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This composer is new to me and this recording is quality from the first piece,but my favorite is the Symphony. Just wait until you hear the piano movement in this beautiful and lively symphony. I can't even play a toy piano.
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