NEW CLAVES RELEASE - STANFORD WORKS FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA
20th November 2010
On November 18th the Swiss Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mr. Beat Loeliger, officially launched Finghin's new CD at a reception at the Swiss Embassy in Dublin. The new recording, released in October by Claves Records in Lausanne, features two works for piano and orchestra by Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924), recorded by Finghin at the National Concert Hall in Dublin with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Montgomery.
Regular visitors to the website will be aware that Finghin made his début at the BBC Proms in 2008 performing Stanford's magnificent Second Piano Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra under Kenneth Montgomery. The success of this performance and its positive reception led directly to the current recording project. The other work featured on the CD are Stanford's Variations on an English drinking song "Down Among the Dead Men", a rarely-heard work also for piano and orchestra and also in C minor.
This is the first recording of these fine works by an Irish pianist and orchestra and strengthens Finghin's relationship with Claves Records, the main Swiss classical label.
You can listen to some short extracts from the CD for no charge here.
The CD can be purchased from the following Irish website - www.classical.ie - and can also be downloaded from Amazon and iTunes.
This photograph shows Finghin and the Swiss Ambassador at the CD launch, and behind them a first-edition original print of the caricature of Stanford by the cartoonist Spy, which appeared on the cover of "Vanity Fair" magazine and which was on display during the event, thanks to the kindness of Stanford enthusiast Ken Shellard.
The recording project was made possible partly due to funding from Music Network / The Arts Council's Music Recording Scheme and also due to the generosity of Mr. Felix Lienhard.