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Track(s) taken from CDH88008

The blue bird, Op 119 No 3

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

Judith Dunworth (soprano), The Philharmonic Chamber Choir, David Temple (conductor)
Recording details: July 1982
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: May 1988
Total duration: 3 minutes 46 seconds

Cover artwork: The River Tweed, near Fairnilee, Borders.

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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

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