Roderick Williams, James Way – Stanford – Songs of Faith, Love and Nonsense (2021) [FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Roderick Williams, James Way – Stanford – Songs of Faith, Love and Nonsense (2021)
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Somm beginns here a major new recording of songs by Charles Villiers Stanford including the first complete recording of Songs of Faith and 12 first recordings of other distinctively vital songs.

Setting poems by Tennyson and Walt Whitman, Songs of Faith demonstrates Stanford’s ability to give unique expression to the profound and the arcane with music of dramatic force and harmonic ingenuity. Three songs by Robert Bridges (librettist for Stanford’s oratorio Eden) and four songs from the opera Shamus O’Brien tap into Stanford’s Irish roots to colourful and evocative effect. Composed to mark his 25th wedding anniversary and receiving its first recording, The Triumph of Love sets five sonnets by his close cousin, Edmond Gore Alexander Holmes, in richly executed settings.

The delightful Nonsense Rhymes taken from Edward Lear’s inimitably playful, poignant and pointed limericks show a different side to Stanford, a “highly articulate, dry humour like many literary Irishmen of his era”, as Jeremy Dibble says in his authoritative booklet notes.

Tracklist

01. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Songs of Faith, Op. 97: Set 1 – No. 1, Strong Son of God
02. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Songs of Faith, Op. 97: Set 1 – No. 2, God and the Universe
03. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Songs of Faith, Op. 97: Set 1 – No. 3, Faith
04. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Songs of Faith, Op. 97: Set 2 – No. 4, To the Soul
05. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Songs of Faith, Op. 97: Set 2 – No. 5, Tears!
06. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Songs of Faith, Op. 97: Set 2 – No. 6, Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
07. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – 3 Songs of Robert Bridges, Op. 43: No. 1, Since Thou, O Fondest and Truest
08. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – 3 Songs of Robert Bridges, Op. 43: No. 2, I Praise the Tender Flower
09. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – 3 Songs of Robert Bridges, Op. 43: No. 3, Say, O Say! Saith the Music
10. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Shamus O’Brien, Op. 61 (Excerpts): My Heart Is Thrall
11. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Shamus O’Brien, Op. 61 (Excerpts): Glengall
12. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Shamus O’Brien, Op. 61 (Excerpts): Ochone, When I Used to Be Young
13. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Shamus O’Brien, Op. 61 (Excerpts): I Love My Ould Ireland
14. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 1, The Hardy Norsewoman, Op. 365
15. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 2, The Compleat Virtuoso, Op. 366
16. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 3, The Absent Barber, Op. 367
17. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 4, The Cow and the Coward, Op. 368
18. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 5, Barkerolle, Op. 369 (1)
19. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 6, Dithyramb, Op. 370
20. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 7, The Generous Parishioner, Op. 371
21. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 8, Limmerich ohne Worte, Op. 372
22. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 9, Boat Song, Op. 373
23. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 10, Nileinsamkeit, Op. 374
24. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 11, The Aquiline Snub, Op. 375
25. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 12, Tone Poem, Op. 376
26. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 13, Gongdichtung, Op. 377
27. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 14, A Visit of Elizabeth, Op. 378
28. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – 5 Sonnets from “The Triumph of Love”, Op. 82: No. 1, O One Deep Sacred Outlet of My Soul
29. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – 5 Sonnets from “The Triumph of Love”, Op. 82: No. 2, Like as the Thrush in Winter
30. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – 5 Sonnets from “The Triumph of Love”, Op. 82: No. 3, When in the Solemn Stillness of the Night
31. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – 5 Sonnets from “The Triumph of Love”, Op. 82: No. 4, I Think That We Were Children
32. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – 5 Sonnets from “The Triumph of Love”, Op. 82: No. 5, O Flames of Passion
33. Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West – Nonsense Rhymes: No. 5, Barkerolle, Op. 369 (2)

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