Compositions: Overture in the Style of a Tragedy, Verdun, A Song of Agincourt
Performers: Ulster Orchestra/Howard Shelley
Catalogue Number:HYPERION CDA68283
No piece on this superbly engineered disc has been recorded before. The most astonishing track is the first movement from Stanford’s 1918 diptych, Verdun , a transcription of the Adagio molto from his 1917 Second Organ Sonata, dedicated to Widor. This movement belongs with early 20th-century British music’s noblest achievements anyhow; and hearing it performed in orchestral guise (for the first time since the composer’s death) arouses...