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Gramophone Spotlights Charles Villiers Stanford

Gramophone Magazine’s October 2019 issue profiles the Charles Villiers Stanford Musical Revival and features SOMM’s recent and upcoming recordings of his string quartets with the Dante Quartet and the upcoming release of Stanford’s opera “The Travelling Companion”.

“The recording of The Travelling Companion gives us a unique opportunity to hear a side of Stanford’s musical style that we have never fully appreciated before. It is brimful of sonorous melody for the four principal soloists… but there is also a substantial role for the chorus, and the writing for orchestra, especially in the gossamer ballet music of Act 3, reveals the hand of a true master. The end of the work, when the Travelling Companion’s identity is revealed, is surely one of the most moving revelations in all Romantic opera, not least because this poignant epiphany is ‘spoken’ by the orchestral alone in music of searing beauty.”

—Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone Magazine