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Charles Villiers Stanford: Children’s Songs

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This item will be released on 19 August, 2022.
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Catalogue No: SOMMCD 0655
Release Date: 19/08/2022
Number of Discs: 1
EAN/UPC: 748871065529
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SOMM Recordings continues its widely acclaimed championing of the music of Charles Villiers Stanford with a captivating collection of his Children’s Songs by mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and baritone Gareth Brynmor John, accompanied by pianist Susie Allan.

Including numerous first recordings and the first complete CD release of his setting of 14-year-old Helen Douglas Adam’s enchanting Songs from the Elfin Pedlar, it throws revealing new light on an important but largely overlooked aspect of Stanford’s output.

Stanford, as his biographer and British music authority Jeremy Dibble comments in his authoritative notes, “was very much alive to the importance of children’s participation in music” following the transformative introduction of signing to the school curriculum in 1870. This delightful compendium of songs intended for children reveals the composer to be as acutely sensitive to his eclectic choice of texts as to his intended audience.

It features premiere recordings of the early, Robert Louis Stevenson-set A Child’s Garland of Songs (Op.30), the mid-period Four Songs (Op.112) and later Six Songs (Op.175), together with seven other standalone songs, including the simple pastoral message of Summer’s Rain and Winter’s Snow and delightfully capricious Fairy Lures.

SOMM’s previous Stanford recordings include his String Quintets (SOMMCD 0623) and complete String Quartets (SOMMCD 0160, 0185, 0607) with the Dante Quartet, praised by Gramophone for their “ardent, alert and thoroughly lived-in performances”, and Partsongs with the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir led by Paul Spicer (SOMMCD 0128), which Limelight described as “excellent… beautifully sung”.

SOMM’s world-premiere recording of The Travelling Companion (SOMMCD 274-2) was hailed “a landmark” by Gramophone, who lauded Songs of Faith, Love and Nonsense (SOMMCD 0627) as “a hugely enjoyable anthology… production values and presentation leave nothing to be desired”.

On This Recording

  1. A Child's Garland of Songs, Op. 30 - Bed in Summer
  2. A Child's Garland of Songs, Op. 30 - Pirate Story
  3. A Child's Garland of Songs, Op. 30 - Foreign Lands
  4. A Child's Garland of Songs, Op. 30 - Windy Nights
  5. A Child's Garland of Songs, Op. 30 - Where Go the boats?
  6. A Child's Garland of Songs, Op. 30 - My Shadow
  7. A Child's Garland of Songs, Op. 30 - Marching Song
  8. A Child's Garland of Songs, Op. 30 - Foreign Children
  9. A Child's Garland of Songs, Op. 30 - My Ship and Me
  10. Four Songs, Op. 112 - Spring
  11. Four Songs, Op. 112 - The Silence
  12. Four Songs, Op. 112 - The city Child
  13. Four Songs, Op. 112 - The Vision
  14. Six Songs, Op. 175 - A Song of the Bow
  15. Six Songs, Op. 175 - Drop Me a Flower
  16. Six Songs, Op. 175 - The Winds of Bethlehem
  17. Six Songs, Op. 175 - The Monkey's Carol
  18. Six Songs, Op. 175 - Lullaby
  19. Six Songs, Op. 175 - The Unknown Sea
  20. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book I (Op. post.) - Two Little Stars
  21. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book I (Op. post.) - The Pedlar
  22. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book I (Op. post.) - Little Snowdrop (Spring)
  23. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book I (Op. post.) - The Piper of the Spring
  24. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book I (Op. post.) - Speedwell
  25. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book I (Op. post.) - The Dream Ship
  26. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book II (Op. post.) - Summer
  27. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book II (Op. post.) - What do You See?
  28. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book II (Op. post.) - The Piper
  29. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book II (Op. post.) - The Secret Place
  30. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book II (Op. post.) - Night
  31. Songs from the Elfin Pedlar Book II (Op. post.) - The Dust-Man
  32. Individual Songs - Witches' Charms
  33. Individual Songs - Summer's Rain and Winter's Snow
  34. Individual Songs - Fairy Lures
  35. Individual Songs - The Hoofs of the Horses
  36. Individual Songs - A Japanese Lullaby
  37. Individual Songs - Worship
  38. Individual Songs - The King's Highway

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