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CHSA 5043 - Stanford: Songs of the Fleet/ Songs of the Sea/A Ballad of the Fleet
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CD available From: 01 May 2006
 Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Songs of the Fleet, Op. 117* 26:04
      for Baritone Solo, Chorus and Orchestra
1 I Sailing at Dawn. Andante molto tranquillo 4:20
2 II The Song of the Sou'Wester. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco 3:12
3 III The Middle-Watch. Andante molto tranquillo 7:42
4 IV The Little Admiral. Allegro vivace - Poco meno mosso - 3:41
5 V Fare Well. Quasi adagio - Poco pił mosso - 6:09
The Revenge: A Ballad of the Fleet, Op. 24 25:17
      for Chorus and Orchestra
6 I At Flores in the Azores. Allegro giusto e pesante - 4:10
      Then spake Sir Richard Grenville -
      So Lord Howard pass'd away. Un poco pił lento -
7 IV He had only a hundred seamen: Andante sostenuto - 1:35
      'Shall we fight or shall we fly?. . .' Poco pił mosso -
      And Sir Richard said again. Tempo I (Allegro giusto) -
8 V Sir Richard spoke and he laugh'd. Allegretto con moto - 6:05
      Thousands of their soldiers look'd down -
      And while now the great San Philip. Adagio molto -
      And the battle-thunder broke. Allegro con fuoco -
      But anon the great Sn Philip -
      And the sun went down -
      Ship after ship, the whole night long.
      Allegro con fuoco -
      For he said: 'Fight on! fight on! Con fuoco -
9 XI And the night went down. 4:47
      Allegro tranquillo ma con moto -
      And we had not fought them in vain. Pił mosso -
      But Sir Richard cried in his English pride.
      Allegro giusto -
      And the gunner said: 'Ay, ay'. Andante sostenuto -
      And the lion there lay dying. Adagio molto -
10 XIII And the stately Spanish men. Allegretto maestoso - 4:43
      But he rose upon their decks. Allegro giusto -
      'I have fought for Queen and Faith. . .' Molto maestoso -
      '. . .With a joyful spirit I Sir Richard Grenville die!'
      Pił lento -
      And they stared at the dead -
11 But they sank his body with honour down. 3:56
      Allegretto maestoso -
      When a wind from the lands. Allegro moderato -
      Till it smote on their hulls. Pił allegro e con fuoco -
      And the little Revenge herself went down.
      Molto moderato e tranquillo
Songs of the Sea, Op. 91* 18:00
      for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra
12 1 Drake's Drum. Tempo di marcia moderato - 3:12
13 2 Outward bound. Andante espressivo 3:14
14 3 Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain. Allegro molto 1:44
15 4 Homeward bound. Andante tranquillo - Pił lento 6:41
16 5 The Old Superb. Allegro molto - Presto 3:06
 Gerald Finley baritone*
 BBC National Chorus of Wales
 BBC National Orchestra of Wales
 Richard Hickox
 Recorded in:
 Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
      6-8 July 2005
 Brian Couzens
 Sound Engineer(s)
 Ralph Couzens
 Michael Common (Assistant)
      Gramophone Award>  
      Penguin Guide Rosette>  
 Format: Super Audio CD
Originally recorded in: DSD

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