Stanford: Piano Music (Piano Trio No.1/Piano Quartet No. 2) (Alice Neary/ Benjamin Frith/ David Adams/ Gould Piano Trio/ Lucy Gould) (Naxos: 8.572452)
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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 Bulow 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.
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