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The blue bird, Op 119 No 3

First line:
The lake lay blue below the hill
author of text

The blue bird by Charles Villiers Stanford (1854-1924), with words by Mary E Coleridge (1861-1907—novelist, poet and great-grandniece of the famous Coleridge), is his most celebrated part-song. Marked Larghetto tranquillo, this gem is the third of 8 Part-Songs, Opus 119, all settings of texts by Mary Coleridge, who during her lifetime was much better known as a novelist. Highly regarded by a minority including some distinguished figures, her poetry is fresh and direct. Stanford’s admiration of her work was not shared by many of his contemporaries, though Frank Bridge and Hubert Parry are among the exceptions.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2016


All in the April Evening
All in the April Evening
CDH88008Archive Service
Studio Master: SIGCD447Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Music of the Spheres
Studio Master: SIGCD904Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
There is sweet music
CSCD505Download only


Track 13 on CDH88008 [3'46] Archive Service
Track 20 on CDH55243 [3'08]
Track 1 on CSCD505 [4'01] Download only
Track 2 on SIGCD447 [3'59] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD904 [4'10] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67076 track 20

Recording date
19 July 1998
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. All in the April Evening (CDA67076)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: April 1999
    Deletion date: August 2005
    Superseded by CDH55243
  2. All in the April Evening (CDH55243)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: November 2006
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