Stanford: Songs of Faith, Love and Nonsense Roderick Williams, James Way, Andrew West
- Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924): Songs of Faith, Op. 97:
- 1Stanford: Songs of Faith, Op. 97, Set 1: No. 1, Strong Son of God01:53
- 2Stanford: Songs of Faith, Op. 97, Set 1: No. 2, God and the Universe04:06
- 3Stanford: Songs of Faith, Op. 97, Set 1: No. 3, Faith02:41
- 4Stanford: Songs of Faith, Op. 97, Set 2: No. 4, To the Soul04:04
- 5Stanford: Songs of Faith, Op. 97, Set 2: No. 5, Tears!04:26
- 6Stanford: Songs of Faith, Op. 97, Set 2: No. 6, Joy, Shipmate, Joy!01:52
- 3 Songs of Robert Bridges, Op. 43:
- 7Stanford: 3 Songs of Robert Bridges, Op. 43: No. 1, Since Thou, O Fondest and Truest02:24
- 8Stanford: 3 Songs of Robert Bridges, Op. 43: No. 2, I Praise the Tender Flower02:24
- 9Stanford: 3 Songs of Robert Bridges, Op. 43: No. 3, Say, O Say! Saith the Music02:43
- Shamus O'Brien, Op. 61 (Excerpts):
- 10Stanford: Shamus O'Brien, Op. 61 (Excerpts): My Heart Is Thrall03:49
- 11Stanford: Shamus O'Brien, Op. 61 (Excerpts): Glengall02:31
- 12Stanford: Shamus O'Brien, Op. 61 (Excerpts): Ochone, When I Used to Be Young02:51
- 13Stanford: Shamus O'Brien, Op. 61 (Excerpts): I Love My Ould Ireland02:03
- Nonsense Rhymes:
- 14Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 1, The Hardy Norsewoman, Op. 36500:53
- 15Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 2, The Compleat Virtuoso, Op. 36601:12
- 16Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 3, The Absent Barber, Op. 36704:09
- 17Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 4, The Cow and the Coward, Op. 36801:35
- 18Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 5, Barkerolle, Op. 369 (1)00:56
- 19Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 6, Dithyramb, Op. 37001:27
- 20Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 7, The Generous Parishioner, Op. 37102:06
- 21Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 8, Limmerich ohne Worte, Op. 37200:52
- 22Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 9, Boat Song, Op. 37301:46
- 23Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 10, Nileinsamkeit, Op. 37401:22
- 24Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 11, The Aquiline Snub, Op. 37501:43
- 25Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 12, Tone Poem, Op. 37601:34
- 26Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 13, Gongdichtung, Op. 37702:48
- 27Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 14, A Visit of Elizabeth, Op. 37801:37
- 5 Sonnets from "The Triumph of Love", Op. 82:
- 28Stanford: 5 Sonnets from "The Triumph of Love", Op. 82: No. 1, O One Deep Sacred Outlet of My Soul02:24
- 29Stanford: 5 Sonnets from "The Triumph of Love", Op. 82: No. 2, Like as the Thrush in Winter03:11
- 30Stanford: 5 Sonnets from "The Triumph of Love", Op. 82: No. 3, When in the Solemn Stillness of the Night04:20
- 31Stanford: 5 Sonnets from "The Triumph of Love", Op. 82: No. 4, I Think That We Were Children03:20
- 32Stanford: 5 Sonnets from "The Triumph of Love", Op. 82: No. 5, O Flames of Passion02:33
- Nonsense Rhymes:
- 33Stanford: Nonsense Rhymes: No. 5, Barkerolle, Op. 369 (2)00:59
Info zu Stanford: Songs of Faith, Love and Nonsense
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 SOMMs widely acclaimed commitment to Stanfords 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 Stanfords 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 Stanfords oratorio Eden) and four songs from the opera Shamus OBrien tap into Stanfords 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 Lears 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.
Roderick Williams, baritone
James Way, tenor
Andrew West, piano
is one of this country’s most sought after baritones and is constantly in demand on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premieres. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the year award.
Opera engagements have included for Royal Opera House Covent Garden Schaunard/La bohème and Ned Keene/Peter Grimes; for English National Opera Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Pollux in Rameau’s Castor and Pollux, and Jaufre Rudel in Saariaho’s L’amour de loin ,as well as world premieres of From Morning to Midnight by David Sawer and A Better Place by Martin Butler. For Opera North his roles have included the title role of Don Giovanni, The Count/Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte, Figaro/Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ned Keene and Goryanchikov/From the House of the Dead. For Scottish Opera roles have included Marcello/La bohème, Lord Byron in the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s Monster and Count/ Figaro. Other notable world premieres have included Alexander Knaifel’s Alice in Wonderland and Michel van der Aa’s After Life for Netherlands Opera, as well as the title role in Robert Saxton’s The Wandering Jew with the BBC Symphony , which has been released on NMC to considerable critical acclaim. He made his North American opera debut singing Figaro/Il barbiere di Siviglia for Florida Grand Opera.
Among Roderick Williams’ many performances of opera in concert are recent appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Tippett’s The Knot Garden (Barbican) and Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong (Royal Festival Hall) and with the London Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding Billy Budd. He has also sung the role of Eddie in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek for the BBC. He has taken major roles in conductor Richard Hickox’s semi-staged performances of opera, including Britten’s Gloriana (Aldeburgh, 2003), Walton’s Troilus and Cressida and most of the Vaughan Williams operas. Other concert performances include Henze, Strauss, Stravinsky and Wagner (Donner in Das Rheingold for ENO).
Roderick Williams has sung concert repertoire with all the BBC orchestras, and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, Le Concert Spirituel, and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Recent successes include Britten’s War Requiem and Pilgrim in Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (semi-staged) with the Philharmonia, Jesus in The Last Supper by Birtwistle with the London Sinfonietta in Milan and Turin, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in Toulouse, a European tour of Handel’s Messiah with RIAS Kammerchor, Tippett’s The Vision of St Augustine with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the 2005 BBC Proms, Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the world premiere of Birtwistle’s The Ring Dance of the Nazarene with VARA Radio (repeated at the BBC Proms), performances of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at La Scala, concerts with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a concert with Bach Collegium Japan at the Edinburgh Festival.
Recent and future operatic engagements include Oronte in Charpentier’s Medée, Toby Kramer in Van der Aa’s Sunken Garden and Sharpless / Madam Butterfly for English National Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera, the title role in Billy Budd for Opera North, Van der Aa’s After Life at Melbourne State Theatre and at Opera de Lyon, Captain Balstrode / Peter Grimes in a concert performance with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Papageno and Ulisse / Il ritorno di Ulisse in Patria for the Royal Opera House, Toby Kramer for Dallas Opera, a concert performance of Ned Keene/Peter Grimes with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Christus / St John Passion in staged performances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment both under Sir Simon Rattle.
Recent and future concert engagements include performances with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, King’s College Cambridge, Goldsmiths Choral Union, Ex Cathedra, The Sixteen, The King’s Consort, New London Consort, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Rias Kammerchor, Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Danish National Radio Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Utah Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Music of the Baroque Chicago, Bach Collegium Japan, Cappella Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic, Britten War Requiem with the Maggio Musicale and Semyon Bychkov in Florence, the UK premiere of Sally Beamish’s Judas Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as with Philharmonia Baroque. In 2014 Roderick was the featured soloist at the BBC Last Night of the Proms.
He is an accomplished and highly sought after recital artist who can be heard at venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, LSO St Luke’s, the Perth Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw, Oxford Lieder Festival, London Song Festival, Howard Assembly Room, the Musikverein, Vienna and on Radio 3, where he has participated on Iain Burnside’s Voices programme. Recent recitals include the three Schubert cycles at the Wigmore Hall, recitals for the BBC and appearances at the Ludlow Song Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Three Choirs Festival and at the Bath International Music Festival.
His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos, and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos. He is currently in the process of recording the three Schubert Cycles for Chandos as well as recordings of Stanford and Somervell for Somm.
He is also a composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room and live on national radio. Recent commissions include a major work, World without End, for the Rias Kammerchor and BBC Singers as well as a commission to celebrate the centenary of the RAF. He was Artistic Director of Leeds Lieder + in April 2016 and he is currently ‘singer-in-residence’ for Music in the Round in Sheffield, presenting concerts and leading on dynamic and innovative learning and participation projects that introduce amateur singers, young and old, to performing classical song repertoire. He was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2017.