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: 289,730

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Soft Day, for voice & piano - Charles Villiers Stanford & Bernadette Greevy (2:49)
    Composed byCharles Villiers Stanford
    Performed byBernadette Greevy
  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)
    Composed byCharles Villiers Stanford
    Performed byBernadette Greevy
  3. 3 Cherry Ripe (arr. of aria by Chas. Ed. Horn) - Herrick & Liza Lehmann (2:42)
    Composed byLiza Lehmann
    Performed byJanice Watson
  4. 4 Mustard and Cress - Liza Lehmann & Steuart Bedford (1:52)
    Composed byLiza Lehmann
    Performed byNeal Davies
  5. 5 The Lily of a day, for voice & piano - Liza Lehmann & Steuart Bedford (2:36)
    Composed byLiza Lehmann
    Performed byJanice Watson
  6. 6 Henry King, for voice & piano (from Four Cationary Tales and a Moral) - Liza Lehmann & Steuart Bedford (3:21)
    Composed byLiza Lehmann
    Performed byNeal Davies
  7. 7 Fain would I change that note, for voice & piano - Arthur Somervell & Graham Johnson (3:06)
    Composed byArthur Somervell
    Performed byPatricia Rozario
  8. 8 In Summertime on Bredon - Arthur Somervell & Graham Johnson (3:56)
    Composed byArthur Somervell
    Performed byChristopher Maltman
  9. 9 The lads in their hundreds - Arthur Somervell & Graham Johnson (2:54)
    Composed byArthur Somervell
    Performed byChristopher Maltman
  10. 10 James Lee's Wife: Among the rocks - Arthur Somervell & Robert Browning (3:29)
    Composed byArthur Somervell
    Performed byCatherine Wyn-Rogers
  11. 11 It Was a Lover and His Lass, partsong for female chorus - William Shakespeare & Ralph Vaughan Williams (1:52)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byAnthony Rolfe Johnson, Simon Keenlyside
  12. 12 The Water Mill, song for voice & piano (Poems by Fredegond Shove No. 4) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Anthony Rolfe Johnson (4:01)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byAnthony Rolfe Johnson
  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)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byAnthony Rolfe Johnson
  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)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed bySimon Keenlyside
  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)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed bySimon Keenlyside
  16. 16 Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 48, H. 174: Now in these fairylands - Gustav Holst & Steuart Bedford (1:26)
    Composed byGustav Holst
    Performed byPhilip Langridge
  17. 17 The Dream-City, for soprano & orchestra, H. 174 (arr. by C. Matthews from "12 Songs") - Gustav Holst & Steuart Bedford (3:16)
    Composed byGustav Holst
    Performed byPhilip Langridge
  18. 18 Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 4. H. 14: Margrete's Cradle Song - Gustav Holst & Steuart Bedford (2:44)
    Composed byGustav Holst
    Performed bySusan Gritton
  19. 19 The Heart Worships, song for voice & piano, H. 95 - Gustav Holst & Steuart Bedford (3:14)
    Composed byGustav Holst
    Performed byChristopher Maltman
  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)
    Composed byRoger Quilter
    Performed byAnthony Rolfe Johnson
  21. 21 Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal for voice & piano, Op. 3/2 - Roger Quilter & Graham Johnson (2:25)
    Composed byRoger Quilter
    Performed byLisa Milne
  22. 22 Love calls through the summer night, for voice & piano - Roger Quilter & Anthony Rolfe Johnson (5:29)
    Composed byRoger Quilter
    Performed byAnthony Rolfe Johnson, Lisa Milne
  23. 23 I will go with my father a-plowing, Op 22/1 - Roger Quilter & Graham Johnson (2:25)
    Composed byRoger Quilter
    Performed byLisa Milne
  24. 24–26 Three Songs (Three Sea-Shanties), for voice & piano - Lord Berners & John Masefield (4:55)
    Composed byLord Berners
    Performed byIan Partridge
    1. 24The Rio Grande (Capstan Shanty)
    2. 25Theodore, or the Pirate King
    3. 26A Long Time Ago (Hilliard's Shanty)
  25. 27 O dear! What can the matter be?, for voice & piano - Arnold Bax & Bernadette Greevy (1:32)
    Composed byArnold Bax
    Performed byBernadette Greevy
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Grenadier - Eric Coates & Richard Edgar-Wilson (3:22)
    Composed byEric Coates
    Performed byRichard Edgar-Wilson
  2. 2 The Young Lover, for voice & piano - Eric Coates & Richard Edgar-Wilson (2:59)
    Composed byEric Coates
    Performed byRichard Edgar-Wilson
  3. 3 Betty and Johnny, for voice & piano - Eric Coates & Richard Edgar-Wilson (2:11)
    Composed byEric Coates
    Performed byRichard Edgar-Wilson
  4. 4 Rise up and reach the stars, for voice & piano - Eric Coates & Richard Edgar-Wilson (1:38)
    Composed byEric Coates
    Performed byRichard Edgar-Wilson
  5. 5 The Bells, for voice & piano, Op. 14/2 - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Walter de la Mare (3:00)
    Composed byCecil Armstrong Gibbs
    Performed byNik Hancock-Child
  6. 6 Ann's Cradle Song, for voice & piano, Op. 20/1 - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Nik Hancock-Child (3:20)
    Composed byCecil Armstrong Gibbs
    Performed byNik Hancock-Child
  7. 7 As I Lay in the Early Sun, for voice & piano - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Nik Hancock-Child (1:49)
    Composed byCecil Armstrong Gibbs
    Performed byNik Hancock-Child
  8. 8 The Cherry Tree, for voice & piano - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Nik Hancock-Child (2:31)
    Composed byCecil Armstrong Gibbs
    Performed byNik Hancock-Child
  9. 9 Dusk, for voice & piano - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs & Nik Hancock-Child (1:31)
    Composed byCecil Armstrong Gibbs
    Performed byNik Hancock-Child
  10. 10 Peter Warlock's Fancy - Peter Warlock & John Constable (2:11)
    Composed byPeter Warlock
    Performed byChristopher Maltman
  11. 11 Frostbound Wood, for voice & piano - Peter Warlock & Bruce Blunt (3:05)
    Composed byPeter Warlock
    Performed byChristopher Maltman
  12. 12 Chopcherry, for voice & string quartet - Peter Warlock & John Constable (1:00)
    Composed byPeter Warlock
    Performed byAdrian Thompson
  13. 13 A Sad Song, for voice & piano - Peter Warlock & John Constable (2:09)
    Composed byPeter Warlock
    Performed byAdrian Thompson
  14. 14 Rutterkin - Peter Warlock & John Constable (1:11)
    Composed byPeter Warlock
    Performed byAdrian Thompson
  15. 15 Bethlehem Down, carol for chorus & organ - Peter Warlock & Bruce Blunt (4:35)
    Composed byPeter Warlock
    Performed byChristopher Maltman
  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)
    Composed byWilliam Walton
    Performed byFelicity Lott
  17. 17 Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Long Steel Grass - William Walton & Martyn Hill (2:30)
    Composed byWilliam Walton
    Performed byMartyn Hill
  18. 18 Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Tango - Pasodoble - William Walton & Martyn Hill (2:07)
    Composed byWilliam Walton
    Performed byMartyn Hill
  19. 19 Popular Song, song for voice & piano (from "Façade") - William Walton & Martyn Hill (2:15)
    Composed byWilliam Walton
    Performed byMartyn Hill
  20. 20 Beatriz's Song, for voice and guitar or strings (from radio music for "Christopher Columbus") - William Walton & Martyn Hill (2:50)
    Composed byWilliam Walton
    Performed byMartyn Hill
  21. 21 Lay your sleeping head my love, for high voice & piano, Op. 14/2b - Lennox Berkeley & Wystan Hugh Auden (5:34)
    Composed byLennox Berkeley
    Performed byPhilip Langridge
  22. 22 Early one morning, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5) - Benjamin Britten & Steuart Bedford (3:22)
    Composed byBenjamin Britten
    Performed byFelicity Lott
  23. 23 The Foggy, Foggy Dew, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3) - Benjamin Britten & Steuart Bedford (2:37)
    Composed byBenjamin Britten
    Performed byPhilip Langridge
  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)
    Composed byBenjamin Britten
    Performed byPhilip Langridge
  25. 25 Tell me the Truth about Love, for voice & piano (Caberet Songs) - Benjamin Britten & Wystan Hugh Auden (5:40)
    Composed byBenjamin Britten
    Performed byDella Jones
  26. 26 Winter Words, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 52: The Choirmaster's Burial - Benjamin Britten & Steuart Bedford (4:00)
    Composed byBenjamin Britten
    Performed byPhilip Langridge
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