Stanford/Delius

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COMPOSERS: Stanford/Delius
LABELS: EMI
WORKS: Songs of the Sea; Songs of the Fleet; Sea Drift
PERFORMER: Benjamin Luxon, John Noble (baritone)Bournemouth SO & Chorus/Norman Del Mar; RLPO & Chorus/Charles Groves
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 5 65113 2 ADD (1973/82)
Stirringly British in their Edwardian majesty, Stanford’s sea songs, to words by Henry Newbolt (1904, 1910), are a resoundingly imagined reminder of Drake and Nelson, of things Devonian, of an imperial age when Britannia ruled the waves. Outstandingly communicated, gloriously recorded, the Luxon/ Bournemouth/Del Mar performance is magnificent. Don’t miss it. A masterpiece of a different order, Delius’s Sea Drift after Walt Whitman (1906) is more oblique. Noble and Groves convey its sad message with an ebb and flow, a climax and repose, of impeccable focus. Ates Orga

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