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Complete Butterworth Songbook

The Complete Butterworth Songbook

by Mark Stone
     
 
George Butterworth is best remembered for his lyrical settings of poems by A.E. Housman, specifically the "Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad" and "Bredon Hill and Other Songs." But The Complete Butterworth Songbook on Stone Records shows that he also put music to poetry by Robert Bridges,

Overview

George Butterworth is best remembered for his lyrical settings of poems by A.E. Housman, specifically the "Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad" and "Bredon Hill and Other Songs." But The Complete Butterworth Songbook on Stone Records shows that he also put music to poetry by Robert Bridges, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Ernest Henley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Oscar Wilde, as well as adapted several folk songs from Sussex. This is a small body of work, easily contained on a single CD, and most of Butterworth's songs are quite short and economical, leaving a rather elusive impression of the composer's style and skill. Yet when they are taken as a whole, Butterworth emerges as a gifted melodist with a liking for direct melodies and transparent accompaniments, and his love for the English folk song informs his simple handling of texts. Baritone Mark Stone and pianist Stephen Barlow perform the 30 songs with straightforward expression and spontaneity, and though sentiment is a big part of these songs, the performances never become sentimental or maudlin. Stone's voice is strong and his tone is rich in the resonant performance space, while Barlow's playing is supportive and simpatico, but never overpowering. There is a bonus video of Butterworth dancing the Field Town Morris jig, from a 1912 film.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2011
Label:
Stone Records
UPC:
5060192780024
catalogNumber:
80024
Rank:
200150

Tracks

  1. Untitled CD-ROM Track: Geoerge Butterworth Dancing  -  Unspecified
  2. Bredon Hill and Other Songs, songs (5) for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Stephen Barlow  - Mark Stone  - Alfred Edward Housman
  3. Requiescat, for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Oscar Wilde  - Stephen Barlow  - Mark Stone
  4. I fear thy kisses, song for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Percy Bysshe Shelley  - Stephen Barlow  - Mark Stone
  5. Love Blows as the Wind Blows, songs (4) for voice & string quartet (or orchestra)  - George Butterworth  - William Ernest Henley  - Stephen Barlow  - Mark Stone
  6. I will make you brooches, song for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Robert Stevenson  - Stephen Barlow  - Mark Stone
  7. Folk Songs (11) from Sussex, arrangements for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Stephen Barlow  - Mark Stone
  8. Songs (6) from "A Shropshire Lad", for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - George Butterworth  - Stephen Barlow  - Mark Stone  - Alfred Edward Housman

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Stone   Primary Artist

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