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Stanford: Songs Vol 2 / Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson

Album Summary

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Tragödie, for voice & piano, Op. 14/5
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : O mistress mine, for voice & piano, Op. 65/1
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Come away, death, for voice & piano, Op. 65/2
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The rain it raineth every day, for voice & piano, Op. 65/3
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Pibroch, for voice & piano, Op. 157/1
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Phoebe, for voice & piano, Op. 125/3
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Drake's Drum, for baritone voice, male chorus & orchestra (or voice & piano) (Songs of the Sea no 1
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Outward Bound, for baritone voice, male chorus & orchestra, (Songs of the Sea no 2), Op. 91/2
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Devon, O Devon, in Wind and Rain, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra (Songs of the Sea no 3), Op
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Homeward Bound, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra (Songs of the Sea no 4), Op. 91/4
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Old Superb, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra (or voice & piano) (Songs of the Sea no 5), O
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : For ever mine, for voice & piano
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Windy Nights, for voice & piano, Op. 30/4
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Lullaby, for voice & piano, Op. 19/2
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : To the Rose, for voice & piano, Op. 19/3
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : To the Soul, for voice & piano, Op. 97/4
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Joy, shipmate, joy!, for voice & piano, Op. 97/6
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Fairy Lough, for voice & piano, (An Irish Idyll in Six Miniatures No 2), Op. 77/2
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Tom Leminn, for voice & piano
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Fire of Turf, cycle for voice & piano, Op. 139
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the second volume from Hyperion dedicated to the rarely recorded songs of Stanford [Vol. 1 is HYP 67123]. This one contains some of Stanford's best-known songs, as well as many songs of which there is no evidence of previous recordings. Of volume one, Gramophone stated: "Sung with exceptional sensitivity and intelligence...a pleasure to listen to."

'Immediately appealing. Stephen Varcoe is the perfect singer for this repertoire. A treasure of a disc' (Fanfare)

'Maintains in each and every bar the high standards of the previous release' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Beautifully performed with excellent notes, this recording will convince even the sceptical of the true worth of these songs ... a most sensitive performance' (Gramophone)

'This collection, along with its predecessor has changed my life. Without any question, it contains some magnificent songs, settings that would grace any company under the sun ... voice and piano are in true partnership. I can only salute with deepest admiration Stephen Varcoe's sterling baritone, so utterly sympathetic to Stanford's every note, so undemonstratively secure, so responsive to word and musical line' (International Record Review)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Stanford's Songs of the Sea have kept the British baritone afloat for the best part of a century.

Drake's hammock and the barnacles of The Old Superb used to be familiar in parlours and drawing- rooms throughout the land. The cries of Captain Keats and his crew ('"Ship ahoy!" a hundred times a day'), the alliterative mysteries of 'Fetter and Faith ... Faggot and Father' and the assurance that Drake even now was 'ware and waking' were assimilated almost as the words of folksongs, while the music seemed part of our flesh and blood. They are splendid songs, and the set of five constitutes a small masterpiece.

Sceptical readers should try them again in this new recording. Stephen Varcoe and Clifford Benson give a most sensitive performance, not emasculated but treating them thoughtfully.

The two quieter songs, 'Outward Bound' and 'Homeward Bound', become more central, better integrated, than usual, and the very fact that this is the solo version, without the male-voice chorus added later, makes it easier to hear them (the whole set) as a personal utterance. With 'Drake's Drum', for instance, Varcoe is very intent upon seeing sense, where others have often sought for little beyond a generalised patriotic earnestness. These, perhaps, are TheSongs of the Sea as Captain Edward Fairfax Vere might have sung them.

In reviewing the first volume, Michael Oliver wrote of the difficulty of reconciling the Irishman and the Brahmsian in Stanford: the melodic vein of the one seemed at odds with the harmonic language of the other. The occasions here when a dichotomy of style does cause trouble are found in the Songs of Faith. Whitman's auto-intoxication incites Stanford to indulge in grandiose gestures that aren't natural to him at all. He's much more at home with Shakespeare and Dekker, or, for that matter, with Quiller-Couch and Winifred M Letts, whose A Fire of Turf provides him with poems for some masterly settings. All are beautifully performed by these excellent artists.



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>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Tragödie, for voice & piano, Op. 14/5
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : O mistress mine, for voice & piano, Op. 65/1
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Come away, death, for voice & piano, Op. 65/2
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The rain it raineth every day, for voice & piano, Op. 65/3
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Pibroch, for voice & piano, Op. 157/1
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Phoebe, for voice & piano, Op. 125/3
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Drake's Drum, for baritone voice, male chorus & orchestra (or voice & piano) (Songs of the Sea no 1
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Outward Bound, for baritone voice, male chorus & orchestra, (Songs of the Sea no 2), Op. 91/2
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Devon, O Devon, in Wind and Rain, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra (Songs of the Sea no 3), Op
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Homeward Bound, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra (Songs of the Sea no 4), Op. 91/4
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Old Superb, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra (or voice & piano) (Songs of the Sea no 5), O
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : For ever mine, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Windy Nights, for voice & piano, Op. 30/4
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Lullaby, for voice & piano, Op. 19/2
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : To the Rose, for voice & piano, Op. 19/3
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : To the Soul, for voice & piano, Op. 97/4
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Joy, shipmate, joy!, for voice & piano, Op. 97/6
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Fairy Lough, for voice & piano, (An Irish Idyll in Six Miniatures No 2), Op. 77/2
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Tom Leminn, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Fire of Turf, cycle for voice & piano, Op. 139
  • Performers: Clifford Benson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 10/12/1999-10/14/1999
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913