Stanford: Songs of Faith, Love and Nonsense / Williams, Way, West

Release Date: 1/22/2021
Catalog Number: SOMMCD 0627
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 78 Minutes

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$18.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

SOMM RECORDINGS announces 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. Songs of Love, Faith and Nonsense continues SOMM’s widely acclaimed commitment to Stanford’s music with baritone Roderick Williams, tenor James Way (making his SOMM debut) and pianist Andrew West throwing revealing new light on his gift for word setting and the variety of his responses to matters of emotional ardor, spiritual fervency and the sublime nonsense poems of Edward Lear. 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 colorful 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 humor like many literary Irishmen of his era”, as Jeremy Dibble says in his authoritative booklet notes.

Works on This Recording
1. No. 1. Strong son of God by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1906 ;
2. No. 2. God and the universe by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1906 ;
3. No. 3. Faith by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1906 ;
4. No. 4. To the Soul by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1906 ;
5. No. 5. Tears by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1906 ;
6. No. 6. Joy, Shipmate, Joy! by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1906 ;
7. No. 1. Since thou, O fondest and truest by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1891 ;
8. No. 2. I praise the tender flower by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1891 ;
9. No. 3. Say, O say! saith the music by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1891 ;
10. Act II Scene 1: My heart is thrall to Kitty's beauty by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone), James Way (Tenor)
Written: 1896 ;
11. Act II Scene 1: Glengall: Oh! yer honour, don't be hard by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Andrew West (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
12. Act II Scene 1: Ochone! When I used to be young! by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone), James Way (Tenor)
Written: 1896 ;
13. Act II Scene 2: I love my ould Ireland by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: James Way (Tenor), Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Written: 1896 ;
14. No. 1. The Hardy Norsewoman by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
15. No. 2. The Compleat Virtuoso by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
16. No. 3. The Absent Barber by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
17. No. 4. The Cow and the Coward by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
18. No. 5. Barkerolle (performance 1) by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
19. No. 6. Dithyramb by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
20. No. 7. The Generous Parishioner by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
21. No. 8. Limmerich ohne Worte by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
22. No. 9. The Boat Song by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
23. No. 10. Nileinsamkeit by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
24. No. 11. The Aquiline Snub by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
25. No. 12. Tone Poem by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
26. No. 13. Gongdichtung by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
27. No. 14. A Visit of Elizabeth by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
28. Sonnet 37: O one deep sacred outlet of my soul by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor)
Written: 1903 ;
29. Sonnet 48: Like as the thrush in winter by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor)
Written: 1903 ;
30. Sonnet 63: When in the solemn stillness of the night by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor)
Written: 1903 ;
31. Sonnet 5: I think that we were children by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor)
Written: 1903 ;
32. Sonnet 22: O flames of passion by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), James Way (Tenor)
Written: 1903 ;
33. Nonsense Rhymes: No. 5. Barkerolle (performance 2) by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer: Andrew West (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
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