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STANFORD: Songs of the Fleet / The Revenge - A Ballad of the Fleet / Songs of the Sea



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This release contains two of Stanford's famous song cycles, the complete 'Songs of the Sea' and 'Songs of the Fleet' to words by Sir Henry Newbolt wonderfully performed here by Gerald Finley, and the only available recording of 'The Revenge: A ballad of the Fleet'.

Stanford was particularly known in his day for his choral works and declared that the poem should always remain the principal consideration, governing all other artistic decisions. He derived some of his most stirring emotions from settings of maritime texts. The fearless constancy and bravery of the Royal Navy clearly motivated Stanford. All the works performed here use poems inspired by the Royal Navy and employing rich imagery of England's naval past. Abounding with vivid orchestral portrayals, Stanford's great choral piece 'The Revenge: A Ballad of the Fleet' depicts the vivid narrative of Tennyson's poem of that name with operatic skill.

Hickox with his excellent forces directs a performance which is a 'must' for all lovers of British music.
Facts
Item number CHSA 5043
Barcode 095115504321
Release date 04/01/2006
Category Song
Label Chandos Records
Media type HYBRID SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Finley, Gerald
Composers Stanford, Charles Villiers
Conductors Hickox, Richard
Orchestras BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Disc: 1
Songs of the Sea, Op. 91
1 I. Sailing at Dawn: Andante molto tranquillo
2 II. The Song of the Sou'Wester: Allegro non troppo
3 III. The Middle-Watch: Andante molto tranquillo
4 IV. The Little Admiral: Allegro vivace - Poco meno
5 V. Fare Well: Quasi adagio - Poco piu mosso - Temp
6 I. At Flores in the Azores: Allegro giusto e pesan
7 IV. He had only a hundred seamen: Andante sostenut
8 V. Sir Richard spoke and he laugh'd: Allegretto co
9 XI. And the night went down: Allegro tranquillo ma
10 XIII. And the stately Spanish men: Allegretto maes
11 But they sank his body with honour down: Allegrett
12 I. Drake's Drum: Tempo di marcia moderato -
13 II. Outward bound: Andante espressivo
14 III. Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain: Allegro mol
15 IV. Homeward bound: Andante tranquillo - Piu lento
16 V. The Old Superb: Allegro molto - Presto
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