CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD (1852-1934): String Quartets No. 5 in B Flat, Op. 104 and No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 167 (World Premiere Recordings), JOSEPH JOACHIM (1831-1907): Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 2/1 (Krysia Osostowicz [violin], Mark Bebbington [piano]).

Catalogue Number: 11S004

Label: SOMM

Reference: CD 0160

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Stanford wrote the fifth quartet in the memory of his friend and mentor, the violinist Joseph Joachim who died in 1907. Three of the four movements are happy enough sounding - Stanford said that he could not associate his late friend with sadness - and included his own personal tribute in each of the four movements, a motto 'quotation' from the opening bars of Joachim's Romance (also included in this recording). The 11-minute slow movement is the only elegiac one and conveys a sense of deep loss. The Eighth was written in 1919 and for all its light-hearted gestures it is a dark, introspective work in a minor key, quite in the then-outmoded tradition of romantic German chamber music. Dante Quartet.

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