English Song Series, Vol. 20: George Butterworth

English Song Series, Vol. 20: George Butterworth

by Roderick Williams
     
 

George Butterworth came of age just before World War I and was a friend and creative associate of Ralph Vaughan Williams. He was killed by a German sniper at the Battle of the Somme. The discovery of British folk music in which both he and Vaughan Williams were inspired by the researcher Cecil Sharp finds some of its most beautifullySee more details below

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George Butterworth came of age just before World War I and was a friend and creative associate of Ralph Vaughan Williams. He was killed by a German sniper at the Battle of the Somme. The discovery of British folk music in which both he and Vaughan Williams were inspired by the researcher Cecil Sharp finds some of its most beautifully distilled expression in the three sets of songs sampled on this release. The two sets of settings of poems from A.E. Housman's volume A Shropshire Lad are actually more "folklike" than the "Folk Songs from Sussex," which are based on folk song melodies and derive their appeal partly by pushing them just slightly in directions in which they don't want to go. The Housman songs are among the most beautiful of any settings of the work of this poet, who has been very popular among English song composers, with an intense melancholy that only intensifies as one considers that the war poem "The lads in their hundreds," for example, would soon describe Butterworth himself. The "Folk Songs from Sussex," with their pert songs of courtship, are more humorous. They include "Seventeen Come Sunday" (track 8), which in more uncouth America evolved into "I'll Be Sixteen Next Sunday." Baritone Roderick Williams' performances are an absolute joy throughout, and his easy way with the light yet subtle tone of the folk songs ought to be commended to singers in all voice ranges. Naxos, presumably pleading poverty, offers the song texts only online but somehow finds room for a 24-page, full-color booklet of advertising. Fortunately, Williams' diction is clear, and the engineering at Suffolk's Potton Hall is top-notch.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313242672
catalogNumber:
8572426
Rank:
172146

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Tracks

  1. Requiescat, for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Roderick Williams  - Iain Burnside
  2. I fear thy kisses, song for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Roderick Williams  - Iain Burnside
  3. I will make you brooches, song for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Roderick Williams  - Iain Burnside
  4. Bredon Hill and Other Songs, songs (5) for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Roderick Williams  - Iain Burnside
  5. Folk Songs (11) from Sussex, arrangements for voice & piano  - George Butterworth  - Roderick Williams  - Iain Burnside
  6. Songs (6) from "A Shropshire Lad", for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - George Butterworth  - Roderick Williams  - Iain Burnside

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