Label : Hyperion
Format : Flac (image + cue)
Cover : Yes
Thomas Linley the younger (1756–1778)
A Lyric Ode
on the Fairies, Aerial Beings and Witches of Shakespeare
‘The Shakespeare Ode’, 1776
 OVERTURE Andante — Allegro
 PART 1 CHORUS O guardian of that sacred land
 RECITATIVE Spirit of Avon ’Tis thine alone
 AIR Spirit of Avon Come then, O Fancy, bend thy bow
 RECITATIVE Fancy At Shakespeare’s happy birth
 AIR Fancy And now is come the fated hour
 CHORUS Be Shakespeare born!
 RECITATIVE Spirit of Avon So spake the god
 AIR Spirit of Avon There in old Arden’s inmost shade
 RECITATIVE Spirit of Avon And as before his purged eyes
 AIR Spirit of Avon Thy hand his youthful footsteps led
 AIR Fancy Some drive the clam’rous owl away
 CHORUS Some drive the clam’rous owl away
 PART 2 RECITATIVE Fearful observer But oh! what sudden gloom
 CHORUS By the pale light of yon blue fire
 RECITATIVE Fearful observer See, through the glimmering darkness
 CHORUS What howling whirlwinds rend the sky!
 RECITATIVE Fearful observer For whom, at yonder livid flame
 AIR Fearful observer Whither ye beldames do ye roam?
 CHORUS and AIR Spirit of Avon The tempests cease
 RECITATIVE Spirit of Avon No more the elves, with printless pace
 AIR Spirit of Avon Ariel, who sees thee now?
 RECITATIVE Fancy No more shalt thou upon the sharp north run
 DUET Fancy, Spirit of Avon For who can wield like Shakespeare’s skilful hand?
 CHORUS Yet, Fancy, once again on Britain smile
Avon Julia Gooding soprano
Fancy Lorna Anderson soprano
Richard Wistreich bass
The Parley of Instruments, Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Paul Nicholson