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Stanford: Songs Vol 1 / Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson

Album Summary

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame sans merci
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (8), Op. 1 "Spanish Gypsy"
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 4
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 7
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (50) of Old Ireland
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of Erin, Op. 76
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Tomb
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Partsongs (4), Op. 110
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 174 "The Glens of Antrim"
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, Op. 140
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Notes & Reviews:

Irish folksong informed much of Stanford's melodic parlance, but more than that, it engendered a predisposition towards simplicity, a love of diatonicism and a desire for economy, facets which informed not only the lyrical dimension of Stanford's art but also his approach to harmony, texture and accompaniment. This is the first volume in this new Hyperion series focusing on the art-songs of Charles Villiers Stanford.

'A beautiful release' (American Record Guide)

'Sung with exceptional sensitivity and intelligence...a pleasure to listen to.' (Gramophone)

'Warmly recommended' (Classic CD)

'No praise can be too high for Stephen Varcoe ... his warm, natural baritone, finely judged legato and sensitivity to words are a joy throughout.' (International Record Review)



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>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame sans merci
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1877
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (8), Op. 1 "Spanish Gypsy"
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1877-1878
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 4 :: no 1, Sterne mit den gold'nen Füsschen
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 7 :: no 1, Ich lieb' eine Blume
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1877
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (50) of Old Ireland :: My love's an arbutus
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1882
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs of Erin, Op. 76 :: Trottin' to the fair
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1901
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Tomb
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1891
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Partsongs (4), Op. 110 :: no 4, Heraclitus
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 174 "The Glens of Antrim"
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1920
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, Op. 140 :: no 3, A soft day
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 4 :: no 3, Dass du mich liebst
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 4 :: no 4, Die Wellen blinken und fliessen dahin "Frühling"
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 4 :: no 6, Der Schmetterling ist in die Rose verliebt
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 7 :: no 2, Wie des Mondes Abbild zittert
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1877
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 7 :: no 5, Ich halte ihr die Augen zu
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1877
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (6), Op. 7 :: no 6, Püppchen klein, Püppchen mein "Schlummerlied"
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1877
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Songs (50) of Old Ireland :: The Little Red Lark
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1882
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, Op. 140 :: no 5, The bold unbiddable child
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, Op. 140 :: no 6, Irish Skies
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913
  • Studio/Live: Studio