Charles Villiers Stanford - Irish Rhapsody No.4* • Funeral March 'The Martyrdom' from Becket** • Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor

Malcolm Binns, piano
London Symphony Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra*
Nicholas Braithwaite, conductor
Sir Adrian Boult, conductor* **

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 1992 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.219
UPC/EAN: 5020926021922
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 63.20
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Track 1: Recorded at Kingsway Hall, 6 March 1980, Producer: Andrew Cornall, Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson, John Pellowe
Track 2: Recorded at Kingsway Hall, 10 August 1973, Producer: Michael Woolcock, Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
Tracks 3 - 5: Recorded at Kingsway Hall, 27 August 1976, Producer: Richard Beswick, Engineer: John Dunkerley

"In his study of Stanford’s choral and instrumental music his pupil Thomas Dunhill noted that the Rhapsodies make a strong appeal ‘by reason of the wild, natural poetry that is in them. The scoring, too, is more inspired, more full of light and shadow, of colour and glamour.’ This last observation is particularly true of the fourth – indeed, Dunhill claims that it is the one he would choose to play ‘if I wanted to impress a foreign unbeliever with the real beauty of British music at its best’" Geoffrey Bush

"This is an invaluable Stanford collection. The Irish Rhapsody No. 4 is a marvellous discovery ... Orchestral balance is miraculous and Braithwaite’s sense of the music’s flow is perfect ..." Colin Clarke, Click here to read the full review

1 Irish Rhapsody no.4, Opus 141 Charles Villiers Stanford 18.52
2 Becket, Opus 48 Charles Villiers Stanford 6.45
Funeral March 'The Martyrdom'
Concerto for Piano no.2 in c, Opus 126 Charles Villiers Stanford 37.32
3 1. Allegro moderato 15.38
4 2. Adagio molto 11.32
5 3. Allegro molto 10.22