Stanford Preludes for piano
Posted by Chris Howell on July 16, 2017, 2:14 pm
I was a little perplexed to read Marc Rochester's comment in his review of the selection of 38 of Stanford's Preludes for piano (out of 48) by Sam Haywood, that "with an average playing time of around 1:47, at a squeeze they could have gone the whole hog and included all 48". |
Since the entire 48, in my own performances on Sheva Collection (several reviews of which can be found on MWI) takes 91:40, rather long for a single CD (and the previous complete recording by Peter Jacobs was about the same), I wondered what had happened. Does Sam Haywood play them almighty fast?
Well no, a spot of time with the calculator shows that my performances of the identical selection played by Haywood would actually take 65:55, slightly less than Haywood's 69:41, (quite a small difference, piece by piece).
As a little research would have shown (both my timings and those of Peter Jacobs are easily found on internet), several of the omitted 10 are among the longest - 2, 13 and 46 alone total 12:45.
Since Marc Rochester is clearly an admirer of Stanford's piano music, I presume he is aware that all surviving works have been recorded on 6 CDs? (Once again, several reviews can be found on MWI)