English Song

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313255924
  • Catalog Number: 8557559-60
  • Sales rank: 386,461

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Soft Day, for voice & piano - Charles Villiers Stanford & Bernadette Greevy (2:49)
  2. 2 A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, for voice & piano, No. 6, "Irish Skies" Op. 140/6 - Charles Villiers Stanford & Bernadette Greevy (5:12)
  3. 3 Cherry Ripe (arr. of aria by Chas. Ed. Horn) - Herrick & Liza Lehmann (2:42)
  4. 4 Mustard and Cress - Liza Lehmann & Steuart Bedford (1:52)
  5. 5 The Lily of a day, for voice & piano - Liza Lehmann & Steuart Bedford (2:36)
  6. 6 Henry King, for voice & piano (from Four Cationary Tales and a Moral) - Liza Lehmann & Steuart Bedford (3:21)
  7. 7 Fain would I change that note, for voice & piano - Arthur Somervell & Graham Johnson (3:06)
  8. 8 In Summertime on Bredon - Arthur Somervell & Graham Johnson (3:56)
  9. 9 The lads in their hundreds - Arthur Somervell & Graham Johnson (2:54)
  10. 10 James Lee's Wife: Among the rocks - Arthur Somervell & Robert Browning (3:29)
  11. 11 It Was a Lover and His Lass, partsong for female chorus - William Shakespeare & Ralph Vaughan Williams (1:52)
  12. 12 The Water Mill, song for voice & piano (Poems by Fredegond Shove No. 4) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Anthony Rolfe Johnson (4:01)
  13. 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 (3:51)
  14. 14 The Call ("Come, my way"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs No. 4) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & George Herbert (2:16)
  15. 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 (4:38)
  16. 16 Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 48, H. 174: Now in these fairylands - Gustav Holst & Steuart Bedford (1:26)
  17. 17 The Dream-City, for soprano & orchestra, H. 174 (arr. by C. Matthews from "12 Songs") - Gustav Holst & Steuart Bedford (3:16)
  18. 18 Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 4. H. 14: Margrete's Cradle Song - Gustav Holst & Steuart Bedford (2:44)
  19. 19 The Heart Worships, song for voice & piano, H. 95 - Gustav Holst & Steuart Bedford (3:14)
  20. 20 Shakespeare Songs (5) for voice and piano, Op. 23, No. 4, "Take, o take those lips away" Op. 23/4 - William Shakespeare & Roger Quilter (1:25)
  21. 21 Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal for voice & piano, Op. 3/2 - Roger Quilter & Graham Johnson (2:25)
  22. 22 Love calls through the summer night, for voice & piano - Roger Quilter & Anthony Rolfe Johnson (5:29)
  23. 23 I will go with my father a-plowing, Op 22/1 - Roger Quilter & Graham Johnson (2:25)
  24. 24–26 Three Songs (Three Sea-Shanties), for voice & piano - Lord Berners & John Masefield (4:55)
  25. 25 O dear! What can the matter be?, for voice & piano - Arnold Bax & Bernadette Greevy (1:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Grenadier - Eric Coates & Richard Edgar-Wilson (3:22)
  2. 2 The Young Lover, for voice & piano - Eric Coates & Richard Edgar-Wilson (2:59)
  3. 3 Betty and Johnny, for voice & piano - Eric Coates & Richard Edgar-Wilson (2:11)
  4. 4 Rise up and reach the stars, for voice & piano - Eric Coates & Richard Edgar-Wilson (1:38)
  5. 5 The Bells, for voice & piano, Op. 14/2 - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Walter de la Mare (3:00)
  6. 6 Ann's Cradle Song, for voice & piano, Op. 20/1 - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Nik Hancock-Child (3:20)
  7. 7 As I Lay in the Early Sun, for voice & piano - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Nik Hancock-Child (1:49)
  8. 8 The Cherry Tree, for voice & piano - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Nik Hancock-Child (2:31)
  9. 9 Dusk, for voice & piano - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Nik Hancock-Child (1:31)
  10. 10 Peter Warlock's Fancy - Peter Warlock & John Constable (2:11)
  11. 11 Frostbound Wood, for voice & piano - Peter Warlock & Bruce Blunt (3:05)
  12. 12 Chopcherry, for voice & string quartet - Peter Warlock & John Constable (1:00)
  13. 13 A Sad Song, for voice & piano - Peter Warlock & John Constable (2:09)
  14. 14 Rutterkin - Peter Warlock & John Constable (1:11)
  15. 15 Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ - Peter Warlock & Bruce Blunt (4:35)
  16. 16 A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table, song cycle for soprano & piano or orchestra: Wapping Old Stairs - William Walton & Graham Johnson (2:23)
  17. 17 Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Long Steel Grass - William Walton & Martyn Hill (2:30)
  18. 18 Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Tango - Pasodoble - William Walton & Martyn Hill (2:07)
  19. 19 Popular Song, song for voice & piano (from "Façade") - William Walton & Martyn Hill (2:15)
  20. 20 Beatriz's Song, for voice and guitar or strings (from radio music for "Christopher Columbus") - William Walton & Martyn Hill (2:50)
  21. 21 Lay your sleeping head my love, for high voice & piano, Op. 14/2b - Lennox Berkeley & Wystan Hugh Auden (5:34)
  22. 22 Early one morning, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5) - Benjamin Britten & Steuart Bedford (3:22)
  23. 23 The Foggy, Foggy Dew, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3) - Benjamin Britten & Steuart Bedford (2:37)
  24. 24 On this Island, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 11: Now the leaves are falling fast - Benjamin Britten & Wystan Hugh Auden (1:59)
  25. 25 Tell me the Truth about Love, for voice & piano (Caberet Songs) - Benjamin Britten & Wystan Hugh Auden (5:40)
  26. 26 Winter Words, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 52: The Choirmaster's Burial - Benjamin Britten & Steuart Bedford (4:00)
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