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Stanford: Songs of the Sea; Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel / Anthony Michaels-Moore, Michael Pollock, piano

Audio Samples

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Sea, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 91
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame Sans Merci, ballad for voice & piano
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Fleet, for baritone voice, chorus & orchestra, no 1, "Sailing at Dawn" Op. 117/1
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Fleet, for baritone voice, chorus & orchestra, no 2, "The Song of the Sou' Wester" Op.
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Fleet, for baritone voice, chorus & orchestra, no 4, "The Little Admiral" Op. 117/4
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Blackmwore [sic] by the Stour, folk song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Poems by Walt Whitman (3), for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)

Album Summary

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Sea, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 91
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame Sans Merci, ballad for voice & piano
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Fleet, for baritone voice, chorus & orchestra, no 1, "Sailing at Dawn" Op. 117/1
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Fleet, for baritone voice, chorus & orchestra, no 2, "The Song of the Sou' Wester" Op.
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Fleet, for baritone voice, chorus & orchestra, no 4, "The Little Admiral" Op. 117/4
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Blackmwore [sic] by the Stour, folk song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Poems by Walt Whitman (3), for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
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Notes & Reviews:

From 'one of the most gorgeous voices on the opera stage today' comes a marine song recital by Stanford which celebrates a time when England ruled the waves. The cycles by Vaughan Williams look further, from the Dorset vales towards America and the far horizon that has always attracted poets and composers.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
Michaels-Moore records the piano version [of the Stanford], throwing the burden of colour and expression on to the voice with considerable success...with Michael Pollock offering fluent support throughout...In [the Vaughan Williams], Michaels-Moore faces equal competition...but concedes little, whether in his response to the themes of youth and age, or in sheer vocal beauty.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2013
A disc full of delights, with inspired performances from Anthony Michaels-Moore, made the more compelling by the deliciously sprung accompaniments of Michael Pollock...so consistently persuasive that one hardly misses the chorus and orchestra.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Stanford's Songs of the Sea and Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel, with the unmistakable march-like similarity of the opening songs, were both written around 1904 and make a good pairing. Also included are three of Stanford's Songs of the Fleet and 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' (1877) plus five other songs of VW. Both Songs of the Sea and Songs of the Fleet are settings of Henry Newbolt texts and were written for baritone, chorus, and orchestra; they were first performed at the Leeds Trienniel Festival with Stanford conducting. There are many fine recordings of the Vaughan Williams works, fewer of the Stanford songs, and hardly any of Songs of the Sea and Songs of the Fleet with piano accompaniment. These two artists deliver everything you could hope for in their performance. Michaels- Moore's medium weight baritone is rich in color, and his technique is impressive with its smooth legato, beautiful shaping of phrases, superlative enunciation, and careful attention to key words. He never misses an appropriate opportunity to roll an R. The performance of 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' captures both the sense of seduction and dread in Keats's text. They offer a chance to hear Stanford's skill as a song composer and the performers' skill in bringing them to life. Pollock's attentive collaboration is sensitive and praiseworthy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008).



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>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Sea, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 91
  • Performers: Michael Pollock (Piano); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone)
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame Sans Merci, ballad for voice & piano
  • Performers: Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone); Michael Pollock (Piano)
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Fleet, for baritone voice, chorus & orchestra, no 1, "Sailing at Dawn" Op. 117/1
  • Performers: Michael Pollock (Piano); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone)
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Fleet, for baritone voice, chorus & orchestra, no 2, "The Song of the Sou' Wester" Op.
  • Performers: Michael Pollock (Piano); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone)
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of the Fleet, for baritone voice, chorus & orchestra, no 4, "The Little Admiral" Op. 117/4
  • Performers: Michael Pollock (Piano); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone)
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
  • Performers: Michael Pollock (Piano); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone)
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Blackmwore [sic] by the Stour, folk song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Pollock (Piano); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone)
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Poems by Walt Whitman (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Pollock (Piano); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone)
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1925

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Michael Pollock (Piano); Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone)
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (01/04/2008-01/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1904