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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Instrumental arrangements of art songs often seem to strike at the balance of music and text that's at the heart of any good song, and are generally best enjoyed in small doses. This release by British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, however, shows every sign of being a labor of love, and it's an exception to the rule. The collection of 21 songs by Delius and the closely related at least in the song realm John Ireland includes some unknown melodic gems, such as the early "Birds in the High Hall Garden" of Delius, which inspired the whole project on Webber's part. Webber did most of the arrangements himself, and they're nicely calibrated to the wondrous sounds of his 1690 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Instrumental arrangements of art songs often seem to strike at the balance of music and text that's at the heart of any good song, and are generally best enjoyed in small doses. This release by British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, however, shows every sign of being a labor of love, and it's an exception to the rule. The collection of 21 songs by Delius and the closely related at least in the song realm John Ireland includes some unknown melodic gems, such as the early "Birds in the High Hall Garden" of Delius, which inspired the whole project on Webber's part. Webber did most of the arrangements himself, and they're nicely calibrated to the wondrous sounds of his 1690 Stravidarius. The presence of pianist John Lenehan, an Ireland specialist, contributes to the whole effect, as does the inclusion of Webber's wife, cellist Jiaxin Cheng, on a couple of tracks. The engineering, at the acoustically very fine Wyastone Leys estate in England's Monmouthshire region, is unimpeachable. What it all adds up to is the elusive feeling that you're not listening to transcriptions at all. This is a valuable addition to the cello-and-piano literature many of these pieces would be ideal singly or in small groups for student recitals, and taken as a whole it's a luxuriant hour of melody.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313290277
  • Catalog Number: 8572902
  • Sales rank: 192,527

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hassan, incidental music, RT i/9: Sunset - Frederick Delius & John Lenehan (2:37)
  2. 2 Spring Sorrow, for voice & piano - John Ireland & John Lenehan (3:48)
  3. 3 Maud, song cycle for tenor & orchestra, RT iii/3: Birds in the High Hall Garden - Frederick Delius & John Lenehan (6:30)
  4. 4 Evening song, for soprano, alto & piano - John Ireland & John Lenehan (2:49)
  5. 5 Danish Songs (7), for voice & orchestra or piano, RT iii/4: In the Seraglio Garden - Frederick Delius & John Lenehan (3:17)
  6. 6 English Songs (3), for voice & piano, RT v/12: Love's Philosophy - Frederick Delius & John Lenehan (3:20)
  7. 7 Sea fever, for voice & piano - John Ireland & John Lenehan (3:08)
  8. 8 Over the Mountains High, song for voice & piano, RT v/2 - Frederick Delius & John Lenehan (2:21)
  9. 9 The Holy Boy, version for cello & piano - John Ireland & John Ireland (2:59)
  10. 10 Hassan, incidental music, RT i/9: Serenade - Frederick Delius & Eric Fenby (4:17)
  11. 11 Danish Songs (7), for voice & orchestra or piano, RT iii/4: Through Long, Long Years - Frederick Delius & John Lenehan (4:15)
  12. 12 Mother and Child, cycle of 8 songs for voice & piano: Baby - John Ireland & John Lenehan (2:07)
  13. 13 The three ravens, folk song arrangement for voice & piano - John Ireland & John Lenehan (4:19)
  14. 14 Songs (2) for Children, for chorus & piano, RT v/29: Little Birdie - Frederick Delius & John Lenehan (1:44)
  15. 15 Hope the Hornblower, for voice & piano - John Ireland & John Lenehan (1:33)
  16. 16 Ladslove, for voice & piano (from "The Land of Lost Content") - John Ireland & John Lenehan (2:38)
  17. 17 Songs (5) from the Norwegian, for voice & piano, RT v/5: Slumber Song - Frederick Delius & John Lenehan (2:39)
  18. 18 Songs (3) to Poems by Thomas Hardy, for voice & piano: Summer Schemes - John Ireland & John Lenehan (2:22)
  19. 19 Songs (4) for voice & piano, RT v/11: With Your Blue Eyes - Frederick Delius & John Lenehan (1:40)
  20. 20 Her song, for voice & piano (from "Songs (3) to Poems by Thomas Hardy") - John Ireland & John Lenehan (3:15)
  21. 21 In summer woods (How jubilant the summer sky), for soprano, alto & piano - John Ireland & John Lenehan (1:37)
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Album Credits

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Julian Lloyd Webber Primary Artist
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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    Beautiful music

    From the first track, it is clear that we are in for some beautiful music from Julian Lloyd Webber, who has arranged music of Delius and John Ireland for cello and piano. Particularly noteworthy is Delius’ Sunset demonstrating warm beautiful cello tone, Delius’ Love’s Philosophy featuring evocative cello playing and wonderful piano accompaniment up and down the keyboard, Ireland’s Baby which has a warm you-can’t-not-smile feel to it, Delius’ somber (and thoroughly enjoyable) 3 Ravens, and finishing off the recording is Ireland’s In Summer Woods featuring Jiaxin Cheng on cello. The pianist throughout is John Lenehan, and he does a fine job as an accompanist, offering depth of feeling and warmth in his playing. Overall this is beautiful music played well, and if you are Delius fan or an Ireland fan, you will likely enjoy these arrangements very much. I am very pleased to have added this to my collection.

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