Like many other 19th-century artists, writers, and composers, Edouard Manet was passionate about the sea. As a youth he spent six months on a sailing ship as a novice pilot and came to love and respect its majesty. That grandeur is expressed well in the Hokusai-like print depicting a huge wave that was on the cover of the original score of Debussy's La Mer. "Jeux de vagues" from that great symphonic poem is heard here, along with Captain Stratton's Fancy by Peter Warlock (words by poet John Masefield); the traditional "Blow the Wind Southerly" sung by the great British contralto Kathleen Ferrier; vocal selections from Edward Elgar's Sea Pictures; three French maritime songs; Percy Grainger's The Brisk Young Sailor and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sea Songs played by the Cleveland Symphonic Winds; "Roll, Alabama, Roll," a Civil War sea shanty set by Frank Townsend and sung by tenor Douglas Jimerson; the sea shanty "Ten Thousands Miles" sung by Tim Sullivan (from a Smithsonian Folkways recording), and more.
Total run time: 63'31