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Stanford: Songs of the Fleet/ Songs of the Sea/A Ballad of the Fleet

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CHAN 5043
 
Stanford: Songs of the Fleet/ Songs of the Sea/A Ballad of the Fleet
Running Time: 68:17
Digital UPC: 5059864504334
CD UPC: 0095115504321

Release Date: May 2006
Originally recorded in July 2005
Composer (1852-1924)
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Solo baritone*
Gerald Finley
Choral
BBC National Chorus of Wales
Conductor
Richard Hickox
Venue
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Producer
Brian Couzens
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer (Assistant)
Michael Common
Genre:
Choir
Vocal & Song


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SIR 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
5:20
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2.
II
The Song of the Sou'Wester. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco
3:12
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3.
III
The Middle-Watch. Andante molto tranquillo
7:42
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4.
IV
The Little Admiral. Allegro vivace - Poco meno mosso -
3:41
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5.
V
Fare Well. Quasi adagio - Poco più mosso -
6:09
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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
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Then spake Sir Richard Grenville -
So Lord Howard pass'd away. Un poco più lento -
7.
IV
He had only a hundred seamen: Andante sostenuto -
1:35
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'Shall we fight or shall we fly?. . .' Poco più mosso -
And Sir Richard said again. Tempo I (Allegro giusto) -
8.
V
Sir Richard spoke and he laugh'd. Allegretto con moto -
6:05
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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
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Allegro tranquillo ma con moto -
And we had not fought them in vain. Più 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
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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!'
Più lento -
And they stared at the dead -
11.
But they sank his body with honour down.
3:56
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Allegretto maestoso -
When a wind from the lands. Allegro moderato -
Till it smote on their hulls. Più 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.
I
Drake's Drum. Tempo di marcia moderato -
3:12
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13.
II
Outward bound. Andante espressivo
3:14
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14.
III
Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain. Allegro molto
1:44
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15.
IV
Homeward bound. Andante tranquillo - Più lento
6:41
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16.
V
The Old Superb. Allegro molto - Presto
3:06
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69:37
Also available as SACD CHSA 5043
Solo: Gerald Finley baritone*
Choral: BBC National Chorus of Wales
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conductor: Richard Hickox
6-8 July 2005

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