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 2000s

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313255924
catalogNumber:
8557559-60
Rank:
190008

Tracks

  1. A Soft Day, for voice & piano
  2. A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, for voice & piano, No. 6, "Irish Skies" Op. 140/6
  3. Cherry Ripe (arr. of aria by Chas. Ed. Horn)
  4. Mustard and Cress
  5. The Lily of a day, for voice & piano
  6. Henry King, for voice & piano (from Four Cationary Tales and a Moral)
  7. Fain would I change that note, for voice & piano
  8. In Summertime on Bredon
  9. The lads in their hundreds
  10. James Lee's Wife: Among the rocks
  11. It Was a Lover and His Lass, partsong for female chorus
  12. The Water Mill, song for voice & piano (Poems by Fredegond Shove No. 4)
  13. On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble, song for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra) (On Wenlock Edge No. 1)
  14. The Call ("Come, my way"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs No. 4)
  15. Silent Noon ("Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass"), song for voice & piano (The House of Life No. 2)
  16. Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 48, H. 174: Now in these fairylands
  17. The Dream-City, for soprano & orchestra, H. 174 (arr. by C. Matthews from "12 Songs")
  18. Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 4. H. 14: Margrete's Cradle Song
  19. The Heart Worships, song for voice & piano, H. 95
  20. Shakespeare Songs (5) for voice and piano, Op. 23, No. 4, "Take, o take those lips away" Op. 23/4
  21. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal for voice & piano, Op. 3/2
  22. Love calls through the summer night, for voice & piano
  23. I will go with my father a-plowing, Op 22/1
  24. Three Songs (Three Sea-Shanties), for voice & piano
  25. O dear! What can the matter be?, for voice & piano
  26. The Grenadier
  27. The Young Lover, for voice & piano
  28. Betty and Johnny, for voice & piano
  29. Rise up and reach the stars, for voice & piano
  30. The Bells, for voice & piano, Op. 14/2
  31. Ann's Cradle Song, for voice & piano, Op. 20/1
  32. As I Lay in the Early Sun, for voice & piano
  33. The Cherry Tree, for voice & piano
  34. Dusk, for voice & piano
  35. Peter Warlock's Fancy
  36. Frostbound Wood, for voice & piano
  37. Chopcherry, for voice & string quartet
  38. A Sad Song, for voice & piano
  39. Rutterkin
  40. Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ
  41. A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table, song cycle for soprano & piano or orchestra: Wapping Old Stairs
  42. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Long Steel Grass
  43. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Tango - Pasodoble
  44. Popular Song, song for voice & piano (from "Façade")
  45. Beatriz's Song, for voice and guitar or strings (from radio music for "Christopher Columbus")
  46. Lay your sleeping head my love, for high voice & piano, Op. 14/2b
  47. Early one morning, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)
  48. The Foggy, Foggy Dew, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3)
  49. On this Island, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 11: Now the leaves are falling fast
  50. Tell me the Truth about Love, for voice & piano (Caberet Songs)
  51. Winter Words, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 52: The Choirmaster's Burial

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