CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD (1852-1924): Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Flat, Op. 171 (orch. Geoffrey Bush [1920-1998]), Cello Concerto in D Minor.

Catalogue Number: 10J001

Label: Lyrita

Reference: SRCD.321

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: The early cello concerto began life in 1869 but was not finished until 1880. Perhaps surprisingly, the composer most to the fore here is Dvorák but then, Stanford had been studying in Germany and the Slavonic Dances had just been printed and were quite popular. Coming from the other end of his career, the piano concerto was written in the same year Benno Moisewitsch had given Stanford's Second to great acclaim in London - 1919. But to publishers, Stanford was old hat and untouchable and his old age was spent in financially difficult circumstances. He may have scored this concerto but that manuscript has yet to be found. Geoffrey Bush finished his orchestration specially for this recording just before his death early in 1998. It's a much bigger work than the cello concerto - 38 minutes with a first movement as long as the other two together. The writing carries on in Stanford's mature, late style of the rich late English Romanticism of Parry and Elgar but don't be surprised if, now and then, you also find yourself thinking of Rachmaninov. Malcolm Binns (piano), Alexander Baillie (cello) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Nicholas Braithwaite.

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