English Song

English Song

     
 

This two-disc set entitled An Anthology of English Song is just what it says it is: a very generous collection of 53 selections drawn from 13 separate discs of songs by English composers from Stanford to Britten. Some were first issued in the '90s on the late Collins label. Some were first issued in the 2000sSee more details below

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This two-disc set entitled An Anthology of English Song is just what it says it is: a very generous collection of 53 selections drawn from 13 separate discs of songs by English composers from Stanford to Britten. Some were first issued in the '90s on the late Collins label. Some were first issued in the 2000s on the vibrant Naxos label. But all are superbly sung by the cream of English art song singers. The performances here are each superlative in their own ways and some of them compare with the best ever made. Simon Keenlyside's clarion interpretation of Vaughan Williams' "The Call" thrills the heart. Philip Langridge's magical interpretation of Holst's "Now in these fairylands" touches the imagination. Bernadette Greevey's witty interpretation of Bax's "Oh dear, what can the matter be" tickles the funny bone. And Felicity Lott's haunting interpretation of Walton's "Beatriz's Songs" lingers long in the memory. While some of the repertoire is fairly recherché -- Liza Lehmann, Arthur Somervell, and Cecil Armstrong Gibbs are names known only to the most dedicated fans of the genre -- the collection as a whole will delight those who love English art songs. Whether recorded in the '90s by Collins or the 2000s by Naxos, the sound is consistently smooth and clean.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313255924
catalogNumber:
8557559-60
Rank:
325759

Tracks

  1. A Soft Day, for voice & piano  - Charles Villiers Stanford  - Bernadette Greevy  - Hugh Tinney  -  Letts
  2. A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, for voice & piano, No. 6, "Irish Skies" Op. 140/6  - Charles Villiers Stanford  - Bernadette Greevy  - Hugh Tinney  -  Letts
  3. Cherry Ripe (arr. of aria by Chas. Ed. Horn)  - Liza Lehmann  -  Herrick  - Steuart Bedford  - Janice Watson
  4. Mustard and Cress  - Liza Lehmann  - Steuart Bedford  - Neal Davies  - Norman Gale
  5. The Lily of a day, for voice & piano  - Liza Lehmann  - Steuart Bedford  - Ben Jonson  - Janice Watson
  6. Henry King, for voice & piano (from Four Cationary Tales and a Moral)  - Liza Lehmann  - Steuart Bedford  - Hilaire Belloc  - Neal Davies
  7. Fain would I change that note, for voice & piano  - Arthur Somervell  - Graham Johnson  - Patricia Rozario
  8. In Summertime on Bredon  - Arthur Somervell  - Graham Johnson  - Christopher Maltman  - Alfred Edward Housman
  9. The lads in their hundreds  - Arthur Somervell  - Graham Johnson  - Christopher Maltman  - Alfred Edward Housman
  10. James Lee's Wife: Among the rocks  - Arthur Somervell  - Robert Browning  -  Duke Quartet  - Graham Johnson  - Catherine Wyn-Rogers
  11. It Was a Lover and His Lass, partsong for female chorus  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - William Shakespeare  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Keenlyside
  12. The Water Mill, song for voice & piano (Poems by Fredegond Shove No. 4)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  - Graham Johnson  - Fredegond Shove
  13. On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble, song for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra) (On Wenlock Edge No. 1)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  - Graham Johnson  - Alfred Edward Housman
  14. The Call ("Come, my way"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs No. 4)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - George Herbert  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Keenlyside
  15. Silent Noon ("Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass"), song for voice & piano (The House of Life No. 2)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Keenlyside  - Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  16. Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 48, H. 174: Now in these fairylands  - Gustav Holst  - Steuart Bedford  - Philip Langridge  - Humbert Wolfe
  17. The Dream-City, for soprano & orchestra, H. 174 (arr. by C. Matthews from "12 Songs")  - Gustav Holst  - Steuart Bedford  - Philip Langridge  - Humbert Wolfe
  18. Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 4. H. 14: Margrete's Cradle Song  - Gustav Holst  - Steuart Bedford  - William Blake  - Susan Gritton
  19. The Heart Worships, song for voice & piano, H. 95  - Gustav Holst  - Steuart Bedford  - Christopher Maltman
  20. Shakespeare Songs (5) for voice and piano, Op. 23, No. 4, "Take, o take those lips away" Op. 23/4  - Roger Quilter  - William Shakespeare  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  - Graham Johnson
  21. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal for voice & piano, Op. 3/2  - Roger Quilter  - Graham Johnson  - Lisa Milne  - Alfred Lord Tennyson
  22. Love calls through the summer night, for voice & piano  - Roger Quilter  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  - Graham Johnson  - Lisa Milne  - Rodney Bennett
  23. I will go with my father a-plowing, Op 22/1  - Roger Quilter  - Graham Johnson  - Ivan McCready  - Lisa Milne  - Joseph Campbell
  24. Three Songs (Three Sea-Shanties), for voice & piano  -  Berners  - John Masefield  - Ian Partridge  - Len Vorster
  25. O dear! What can the matter be?, for voice & piano  - Arnold Bax  - Bernadette Greevy  - Hugh Tinney
  26. The Grenadier  -  Eric Coates  - Richard Edgar-Wilson  - Frederick Edward Weatherly  - Eugene Asti
  27. The Young Lover, for voice & piano  -  Eric Coates  - Richard Edgar-Wilson  - Eugene Asti  - Royden Barrie
  28. Betty and Johnny, for voice & piano  -  Eric Coates  - Richard Edgar-Wilson  - Frederick Edward Weatherly  - Eugene Asti
  29. Rise up and reach the stars, for voice & piano  -  Eric Coates  - Richard Edgar-Wilson  - Eugene Asti  - Winifred May
  30. The Bells, for voice & piano, Op. 14/2  - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs  - Walter de la Mare  - Nik Hancock-Child  - Rosemary Hancock-Child
  31. Ann's Cradle Song, for voice & piano, Op. 20/1  - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs  - Nik Hancock-Child  - Rosemary Hancock-Child
  32. As I Lay in the Early Sun, for voice & piano  - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs  - Nik Hancock-Child  - Rosemary Hancock-Child  - E.R. Shanks
  33. The Cherry Tree, for voice & piano  - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs  - Nik Hancock-Child  - Rosemary Hancock-Child
  34. Dusk, for voice & piano  - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs  - Nik Hancock-Child  - Rosemary Hancock-Child
  35. Peter Warlock's Fancy  - Peter Warlock  - John Constable  - Christopher Maltman
  36. Frostbound Wood, for voice & piano  - Peter Warlock  - Bruce Blunt  - John Constable  - Christopher Maltman
  37. Chopcherry, for voice & string quartet  - Peter Warlock  - John Constable  - George Peele  - Adrian Thompson
  38. A Sad Song, for voice & piano  - Peter Warlock  - John Constable  - John Gould Fletcher  - Adrian Thompson
  39. Rutterkin  - Peter Warlock  - John Constable  - Adrian Thompson  - John Skelton
  40. Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ  - Peter Warlock  - Bruce Blunt  - John Constable  - Christopher Maltman
  41. A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table, song cycle for soprano & piano or orchestra: Wapping Old Stairs  - William Walton  - Graham Johnson  - Felicity Lott
  42. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Long Steel Grass  - William Walton  - Martyn Hill  - Graham Johnson
  43. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Tango - Pasodoble  - William Walton  - Martyn Hill  - Graham Johnson
  44. Popular Song, song for voice & piano (from "Façade")  - William Walton  - Martyn Hill  - Graham Johnson
  45. Beatriz's Song, for voice and guitar or strings (from radio music for "Christopher Columbus")  - William Walton  - Martyn Hill  - Graham Johnson  - Louis MacNiece
  46. Lay your sleeping head my love, for high voice & piano, Op. 14/2b  - Lennox Berkeley  - Wystan Hugh Auden  - Steuart Bedford  - Philip Langridge
  47. Early one morning, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)  - Benjamin Britten  - Steuart Bedford  - Felicity Lott
  48. The Foggy, Foggy Dew, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3)  - Benjamin Britten  - Steuart Bedford  - Philip Langridge
  49. On this Island, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 11: Now the leaves are falling fast  - Benjamin Britten  - Wystan Hugh Auden  - Steuart Bedford  - Philip Langridge
  50. Tell me the Truth about Love, for voice & piano (Caberet Songs)  - Benjamin Britten  - Wystan Hugh Auden  - Steuart Bedford  - Della Jones
  51. Winter Words, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 52: The Choirmaster's Burial  - Benjamin Britten  - Steuart Bedford  - Thomas Hardy  - Philip Langridge

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