English Love: Songs of Passion, Pain & Pleasure

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
You might guess from some of the packaging here that British baritone Mark Stone is trying to enter crossover territory with this recital of British love songs, but in fact he plays it straight, with nary a pop influence in sight. This is not to say the album wouldn't make a good Valentine gift for the right person. Stone's program has several virtues, not least among them the fact that no one will need the supplied booklet texts; his delivery is natural and perfectly intelligible, animated by the syntax of the poetry. His voice, warm and most attractive in its middle register, is well suited to art song. Best of all is his knack for making songs from various eras hang ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
You might guess from some of the packaging here that British baritone Mark Stone is trying to enter crossover territory with this recital of British love songs, but in fact he plays it straight, with nary a pop influence in sight. This is not to say the album wouldn't make a good Valentine gift for the right person. Stone's program has several virtues, not least among them the fact that no one will need the supplied booklet texts; his delivery is natural and perfectly intelligible, animated by the syntax of the poetry. His voice, warm and most attractive in its middle register, is well suited to art song. Best of all is his knack for making songs from various eras hang together within his stated concept: "songs of passion, pain, & pleasure." There are even a few songs that hint at more metaphysical love. The range is from Dowland to a song in the style of Roger Quilter by Stone's able accompanist, Stephen Barlow, with a concentration of songs from Britain in the early 20th century and a smaller group from the Baroque; even with a pair of Haydn's English songs in the mix, the music seems to reflect an English mode of expression and a characteristic tendency to draw on high-quality texts; sample Frank Bridge's setting of Matthew Arnold track 7 or George Butterworth's pair of songs to A.E. Housman, especially the weirdly static "With rue my heart is laden" track 13. The album is worthwhile not only as a fine collection of love songs, but perhaps even as an introduction to modern British song; the stylistic contrasts among the various composers emerge clearly when their energies are focused on a single theme. A fine effort; great fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2011
  • Label: Stone Records
  • EAN: 5060192780000
  • Catalog Number: 80000
  • Sales rank: 201,020

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Silent Noon ("Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass"), song for voice & piano (The House of Life No. 2) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Dante Gabriel Rossetti (4:47)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byMark Stone
  2. 2 Love bade me welcome, song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs No. 3) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & George Herbert (5:48)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byMark Stone
  3. 3 Awake sweet love, thou art returned, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Stephen Barlow (3:08)
    Composed byJohn Dowland
    Performed byMark Stone
  4. 4 Go, Lovely Rose for voice & piano, Op. 24/3 - Roger Quilter & Edmund Waller (2:59)
    Composed byRoger Quilter
    Performed byMark Stone
  5. 5 Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1 - Roger Quilter & Percy Bysshe Shelley (1:29)
    Composed byRoger Quilter
    Performed byMark Stone
  6. 6 I attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly (from "The Indian Queen"), Z630/17h - Henry Purcell & John Dryden (2:25)
    Composed byHenry Purcell
    Performed byMark Stone
  7. 7 Love went a-riding, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 114 - Frank Bridge & Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (2:00)
    Composed byFrank Bridge
    Performed byMark Stone
  8. 8 Silent Worship ("Did You Not Hear My Lady"), for voice & piano - Arthur Somervell & Benjamin Britten (2:26)
    Composed byArthur Somervell, George Frideric Handel
    Performed byMark Stone
  9. 9 If we must part, a valedictation for voice & piano - John Ireland & Ernest Dowson (2:21)
    Composed byJohn Ireland
    Performed byMark Stone
  10. 10 Love is a sickness full of woes, for voice & piano - John Ireland & Samuel Daniel (1:53)
    Composed byJohn Ireland
    Performed byMark Stone
  11. 11 Piercing Eyes, song for voice & keyboard, H. 26a/35 (from English Canzonettas II) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Stephen Barlow (1:40)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Performed byMark Stone
  12. 12 Pleasing Pain, song for voice & piano, H. 26a/29 (from English Canzonettas I) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Anne Hunter (2:21)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Performed byMark Stone
  13. 13 Take, O Take Those Lips Away, for voice & piano (Saudades No. 2) - William Shakespeare & Peter Warlock (2:07)
    Composed byPeter Warlock
    Performed byMark Stone
  14. 14 Thou Gav'st Me Leave to Kiss, for voice & piano (Short Songs No. 2) - Peter Warlock & Robert Herrick (0:50)
    Composed byPeter Warlock
    Performed byMark Stone
  15. 15 Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Where'er you walk - George Frideric Handel & William Congreve (4:16)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Performed byMark Stone
  16. 16 Earth and Air and Rain, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 15: To Lizbie Browne - Gerald Finzi & Thomas Hardy (3:46)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Performed byMark Stone
  17. 17 I Said to Love for baritone & piano, Op 19b - Gerald Finzi & Thomas Hardy (3:16)
    Composed byGerald Finzi
    Performed byMark Stone
  18. 18 If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings) - Benjamin Britten & Henry Purcell (4:00)
    Composed byHenry Purcell
    Performed byMark Stone
  19. 19 The Salley Gardens, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1) - Benjamin Britten & William Butler Yeats (2:43)
    Composed byBenjamin Britten
    Performed byMark Stone
  20. 20 Wild with passion, song for high voice & piano - Benjamin Britten & Thomas Lovell Beddoes (2:05)
    Composed byBenjamin Britten
    Performed byMark Stone
  21. 21 Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Stephen Barlow (5:54)
    Composed byJohn Dowland
    Performed byMark Stone
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Stone Primary Artist
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