Stanford - Piano Trio, Piano Quartet, etc | Naxos 8572452

Stanford - Piano Trio, Piano Quartet, etc


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572452

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 27th June 2011

Gramophone Editor's Choice



David Adams (viola)
Gould Piano Trio


Stanford, Charles Villiers

Irish Fantasies (6), op.54
» no.3 Jig: Allegretto
» no.5 Hush Song: Larghetto
Piano Quartet no.2 in C minor, op.133
Piano Trio no.1 in E flat major, op.35


David Adams (viola)
Gould Piano Trio


Stanford’s chamber music occupies an important position in his oeuvre, and this recording unearths more rarities.  

Piano Trio No.1 was dedicated to the great Hans von Bülow and is an impressively large-scaled and lyrical work, exuding both elegance and vigour. Piano Quartet No.2 was revived by the Gould Trio after long neglect in 2010. It, too, is an exceptional work, melodically profuse, including folkloric elements and balancing its clement and turbulent aspects with utter assurance. The violin pieces supply appealing qualities of tuneful playfulness.

The Gould Trio’s recording of Stanford’s Piano Trio No.3 received rave reviews:
The performance is absolutely first-class and, with sound that is at once intimate and true, this valuable anthology can be welcomed with open arms. Naxos’s absurdly modest asking-price is the icing on the cake!” - Gramophone

Naxos continue their Stanford survey with this attractive release... The high quality of Stanford’s writing continues to shine like a beacon” - MusicWeb International

Gould Piano Trio:
- Lucy Gould (violin)
- Alice Neary (cello)
- Benjamin Frith (piano)

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