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Vaughan Williams – A Birthday Garland (SOMM Recordings)

A fine representative collection; no more rustic accents, please [JW]

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Stanford: Shamus O’Brien (Retrospect Opera)

The premiere recording of Stanford’s fourth opera in an excellent performance [JQ]

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Vaughan Williams: A Birthday Garland (SOMM Recordings)

Lovers of English song should not hesitate: acquire this disc and gatecrash Uncle Ralph’s musical party [JQ]

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Stanford: Irish Song Cycles (SOMM Recordings)

Winsome, windy and windswept with the occasional folkloric moment, but Stanford on auto-pilot [JW]

Stanfordian Thoughts: 22. Hymn Tunes

by Christopher Howell

Stanfordian Thoughts 21. Lullabies and Hush Songs

by Christopher Howell

Stanford: Piano Quintet, String Quintet No. 1 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) Wonderful music and marvellously performed [MC]

Stanfordian Thoughts 20. Six Bible Songs

by Christopher Howell

Stanford: Songs Vol. 2 (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A good representation of the strength and variety of the central, most important, part of Stanford’s career [CH]

Stanfordian Thoughts: 19. Molly Brannigan

by Christopher Howell

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The First Songs of Travel (Albion)

Despite reservations, Standen’s Songs of Travel merits a place in the VW discography [JQ]

Stanfordian Thoughts: 18. Father O’Flynn

by Christopher Howell

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The First Songs of Travel (Albion)

A 1950s English song recital restored; excellent remastering but stylistically uncertain [JW]

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Stanford: Requiem (Hyperion)

A genuine triumph – a completely convincing performance of a typically Victorian Choral Festival work [NB]

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The First Songs of Travel (Albion)

A historical release that wears its age lightly – excellent restoration and attractive singing of well-chosen repertoire [NB]

Stanford: Requiem (Hyperion)

A fine performance of Stanford’s noble Requiem [JQ]

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The Canticle of the Sun (Regent)

An interesting programme, impressively performed [JQ]