Stanford: Complete Works For Violin & Piano
Format: COMPACT DISC
Bologni, Alberto; Howell, Christopher
Chamber music was regularly practiced in the Stanford household during the composer’s childhood in Dublin. His father was “himself a fair violoncellist of no mean merit, who could tackle the Beethoven trios and sonatas without disgrace.” Stanford’s early love of chamber music flowered upon his arrival in Cambridge when, abetted by some violinists, he quickly began introducing audiences to the most recent continental works. Remarkably little chamber music had been written by British composers. Stanford set about filling this gap. In the course of his composing career he built up a substantial repertoire of chamber works. More specifically to the present release, his third chamber work was a sonata for violin and piano. The Irish Dances, Marches and Airs selected and arranged for violin and piano were almost certainly his last, though the precise dates of their composition are unknown. Performed by Alberto Bologni and Christopher Howell, there is much to be discovered in these works for violin and piano.