Silent Noon

Silent Noon

by OperaBabes
     
 

Britain's OperaBabes, Rebecca Knight and Karen England, came on the scene early in the 2000s with solid vocal chops. "Silent Noon" comes after a hiatus of several years, during which both OperaBabes became parents. Accompanied only by piano, it diverges a bit from their somewhat splashier earlier efforts. The music here consists mostly of British songs from the 20th… See more details below

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Britain's OperaBabes, Rebecca Knight and Karen England, came on the scene early in the 2000s with solid vocal chops. "Silent Noon" comes after a hiatus of several years, during which both OperaBabes became parents. Accompanied only by piano, it diverges a bit from their somewhat splashier earlier efforts. The music here consists mostly of British songs from the 20th century, with a couple of Benjamin Britten's loveliest folk song arrangements thrown in to leaven the mix ("O Waly, Waly" is the song known in the U.S. as "The Water Is Wide"). They vary in weight, with Roger Quilter and Handel at one end of the scale and light-music composers Ivor Novello and Albert Ketèlbey at the other, and the range is unusually wide for a crossover release, in which realm Quilter's especially is not a common name. Nevertheless, the material is remarkably homogeneous. The Babes' calling card was the blend of their remarkably similar voices, and that's intact here. Yet an upbeat number or two wouldn't have been out of order, and it's hard to imagine this release either appealing to the broad mass of the OperaBabes' former fans or making many new ones, even as it deserves points for originality.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2012
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646614035
catalogNumber:
661403
Rank:
109879

Tracks

  1. Bells Across the Meadows, characteristic intermezzo  - Albert W. Ketèlbey  - Albert W. Ketèlbey  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  2. Bohemian Girl, opera: When other lips and other hearts  - Michael William Balfe  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Alfred Bunn  - Peter Vine
  3. Tom Bowling, for voice & piano  - Charles Dibdin  - Charles Dibdin  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  4. I'll Walk Beside You  - Alan Murray  - Jeremy Tilston  - Frederick Edward Weatherly  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  5. Ottone, re di Germania, opera, HWV 15: Come to me soothing sleep  - Benedetto Pallavicino  - George Frideric Handel  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  6. Think on Me for voice & piano  - Alicia Ann Scott  - Alicia Ann Scott  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  7. We'll Gather Lilacs (from Perchance to Dream)  - Ivor Novello  - Ivor Novello  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  8. The Indian Queen, semi-opera, Z. 630: Let us wander not unseen  - Henry Purcell  - John Dryden  - Robert Howard  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes
  9. The Salley Gardens, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1)  - Benjamin Britten  - Jeremy Tilston  - William Butler Yeats  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  10. O Waly, Waly, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3)  - Benjamin Britten  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  11. If there were dreams to sell, for voice & piano  - John Ireland  - Thomas Lovell Beddoes  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  12. Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, for voice & piano  - Roger Quilter  - Ben Jonson  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  13. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal for voice & piano, Op. 3/2  - Roger Quilter  - Alfred Lord Tennyson  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine
  14. Silent Noon ("Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass"), song for voice & piano (The House of Life No. 2)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Dante Gabriel Rossetti  - Jeremy Tilston  -  OperaBabes  - Peter Vine

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