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Gramophone Reviews Stanford String Quintets and Intermezzi

“it’s worth reiterating just what a debt of gratitude lovers of British music owe to SOMM and the Dante Quartet for their commitment to Stanford’s chamber music. Listening to this vibrant new recording, what struck me was… the freshness, the spontaneity, the instinctive ‘rightness’ of Stanford’s writing for strings. This might be the most satisfying body of work in this genre by any British composer before Frank Bridge. … there’s an operatic since of drama in the finale of the First Quintet, and a sweeping, almost symphonic emotional range in the Second. … Krysia Osostowicz is frequently thrilling… [the combined Dante and Endellion players are] wholly inside this sincere and strikingly passionate score. Cellist Richard Jenkinson and pianist Benjamin Frith play the Schumannesque Three Intermezzi with unaffected warmth; a lovely bonus on a highly rewarding album.”

—Richard Bratby, Gramophone

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