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CHAN 9279
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Complete Symphonies

Stanford: Complete Symphonies

The Classical Shop
release date: April 1994

Originally recorded in 1993


Ulster Orchestra

Vernon Handley


Ulster Hall, Belfast


Ralph Couzens

Tim Oldham

Brian Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Richard Lee

Richard Smoker


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 273:14
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No. 1 in B flat major

  Symphonie Nr. 1 in B-Dur; Symphonie no 1 en si bémol majeur  
1 I Karghetto - Allegro vivace 16:02
2 II Scherzo in Ländler tempo - Trio 1: Presto - Trio 2 8:48
  (Poco più lento)  
3 III Andante tranquillo 9:51
4 IV Finale. Alegro molto 11:04

No. 2 in D minor 'Elegiac'

  Symphonie Nr. 2 in d-Mol 'Die Elegische';  
  Symphonie no 2 en ré mineur 'L'Elégiaque'  
5 I Alegro appassionato 10:32
6 II Lento espressivo 9:33
7 III Scherzo. Alegro con fuoco 4:18
8 IV Adagio - Allegro moderato - Allegro molto ma non presto 10:59

No.3 in F minor `Irish' Op.28

  Symphonie Nr. 3 in f-Moll 'Irish';  
  Symphonie no 3 in fa mineur 'Irish'  
9 I Allegro moderato 11:29
10 II Allegro molto vivace 7:21
11 III Andante con moto 11:57
12 IV Finale. Allegro moderato con fuoco 10:32

No. 4 in F major, Op.31

  Symphonie Nr. 4 in F-Dur; Symphonie no 4 en fa majeur  
13 I Allegro vivace e gioioso 12:04
14 II Intermezzo. Allegretto agitato (ma moderato in tempo) - 9:00
  Tranquillo ma l'istesso tempo  
15 III Andante molto moderato 13:38
16 IV Finale. Allegro non troppo - Maestoso 8:49

No. 7 in D minor Op124

  Symphonie Nr. 7 in d-Moll; Symphonie no 7 in ré mineur  
17 I Alegro 7:16
18 II Tempo di Minuetto (Allegretto molto moderato) 5:46
  Variations and finale: 15:30      
19 Andante - 7:51
20 Allegro giusto - Poco più lento - 7:39
  Allegro maestoso (alla breve)  

No. 5 in D major Op.56

  Symphonie Nr. 5 in D-Dur; Symphonie no 5 en ré majeur  
  L'Allegro ed il Penseroso  
21 I Allegro moderato 9:53
22 II Alolegro grazioso 6:56
23 III Andante molto tranquillo 11:59
24 IV Allegro molto 13:56

No. 6 in E flat major Op.94

  Symphonie Nr. 6 in Es-Dur; Symphonie no 6 en mi bémol  
  In honour of the life-work of a great artist:  
  George Frederick Watts  
25 I Alegro con brio 7:57
26 II Adagio e molto espressivo 12:51
27 III Scherzo and Trio (Presto) 3:23
28 IV Moderato e Maestoso 11:50
 Vernon Handley
  August 1986, September 1987, March 1988, February 1990, May 1991  
Stanford Symphonies. CHAN 9279
The symphonies of Charles Stanford are amongst the most impressive in the English symphonic repertoire of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their rich late-romantic style is imbued with a distinctive, discernibly Irish flavour which has won them many admirers. With its almost Brahmsian scope and manner, the Third Symphony is perhaps the most famous. Like many of the composer's other compositions, it incorporates the idiom of Irish folk music, even authentic folk-tunes. The Fifth Symphony is brimming with easy melody, and the Sixth and Seventh, too, are full of interesting and memorable ideas. The Chandos series is the only complete cycle available and has received superlative reviews over the years. The numerous Chandos recordings of the Ulster Orchestra and Vernon Handley, one of the most famous conductors of British music, are regarded as classics of the digital era.

"... Handley and his Ulster Orchestra are completely at home in this repertoire, and the vintage Chandos recording is consistently of this company’s best quality. Like Parry’s symphonies, this is mandatory listening for anyone interested in British music..."

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