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Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op 129
composer
28 December 1911

Recordings
'English Music for Clarinet' (CDD22027)
English Music for Clarinet
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Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Track 1 on CDD22027 CD1 [7'49] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Caoine: Adagio, quasi Fantasia
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Movement 3: Allegretto grazioso
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Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op 129
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (born Dublin, 1852; died London, 1924) was not only a prolific composer of every type of music, including opera, but also an immensely influential teacher of composition. Famed for his blisteringly caustic tongue, he must often have seemed to his pupils somewhat less than encouraging; yet he launched from the Royal College of Music an astonishing number of outstanding composers, among whom were Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bridge, Ireland, Howells and Hurlstone.

Stanford wrote only two works for clarinet; the present Sonata, completed on 28 December 1911, and the slightly earlier Concerto. In both, his admiration for Brahms is evident, but the slow movement of the Sonata proves how potent, too, was the influence of the music of his own country (a ‘Caoine’, pronounced ‘keen’, is a type of Irish lament). Throughout the work Stanford’s great technical skill is shown by the beauty and transparency of the textures, and by the cunning way in which the thematic interest is so evenly divided between the two instruments.

from notes by Howard Ferguson and Robert Matthew-Walker 1997

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Details for CDD22027 disc 1 track 2
Caoine: Adagio, quasi Fantasia
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-81-01402
Duration
5'51
Recording date
1 February 1989
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Alun Francis
Recording engineer
Bob Auger & Stuart Smith
Hyperion usage
  1. Music for clarinet and piano (CDA66014)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: January 1989
    Deletion date: September 1997
    Superseded by CDD22027
  2. English Music for Clarinet (CDD22027)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 1997
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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