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3.0 out of 5 stars boring..., 10 May 2008
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This review is from: Stanford: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 (Audio CD)
Not the performance - that is fine and well captured in the bloom Naxos puts on the recording. But the music is essentially dull, sub-Brahmsian stuff. Stanford is much better in concerted works (try the wonderfully fresh Violin Concerto). Symphonically, he seems to be too much in the shadow of his German heroes. The performance here is really very good, however, and the price makes this self-recommending if you're into the byways and like traditional, well-crafted stuff that was thirty or more years out of date when it was written...
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2009 14:15:15 GMT
Clearly you know a lot about music, Guy, but I cannot agree that these symphonies are dull. In my view, they are more enjoyable than many of the works of the so-called superior composers to which Stanford is compared - and I regard Dvorak and Elgar as two of my favourite composers. I have now bought the whole set of Stanford's symphonies on Naxos CDs and I find them thoroughly "non-dull". Furthermore, I enjoy them even more after listening to them repeatedly which, to me, is a good indicator of their quality.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2009 19:13:18 BDT
Guy Whit says:
I actually love Stanford, but these pieces don't convince me. The melodic writing is short-breathed and ordinary. He has none of the nobleness of Elgar nor any of the endless melodic deight of Dvorak (whom I'm very fond of). I suppopse it's a matter of personal preference, of course - and I take your point of view with respect. I think Parry is the real man, symphonically speaking; whereas Stanford shines in the concertos. Do you know the lovely Irish Rhapsodies? Stanford at his best - and sounding like himself, not Brahms.
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