The English Song Series, Vol. 20: George Butterworth

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 7/27/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313242672
  • Catalog Number: 8572426
  • Sales rank: 109,478

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Songs (6) from "A Shropshire Lad", for voice & piano (or orchestra) - George Butterworth & Roderick Williams (12:42)
    Composed byGeorge Butterworth
    Performed byRoderick Williams
    1. 1Lovliest of trees
    2. 2When I was one-and-twenty
    3. 3Look not in my eyes
    4. 4Think no more, lad
    5. 5The lads in their hundreds
    6. 6Is my team ploughing?
  2. 7–17 Folk Songs (11) from Sussex, arrangements for voice & piano - George Butterworth & Roderick Williams (18:05)
    Composed byGeorge Butterworth
    Performed byRoderick Williams
    1. 7A brisk young sailor courted me
    2. 8Seventeen come Sunday
    3. 9Roving in the dew
    4. 10The true lover's farewell
    5. 11Tarry trousers
    6. 12Yonder stands a lovely creature
    7. 13A blacksmith courted me
    8. 14Sowing the seeds of love
    9. 15A lawyer he went out one day
    10. 16Come my own one
    11. 17The cuckoo
  3. 12–16 Bredon Hill and Other Songs, songs (5) for voice & piano - George Butterworth & Roderick Williams (14:06)
    Composed byGeorge Butterworth
    Performed byRoderick Williams
    1. 12Bredon Hill
    2. 13O fair enough are sky and plain
    3. 14When the lad for the longing sighs
    4. 15On the idle hill of summer
    5. 16With rue my heart is laden
  4. 17 I will make you brooches, song for voice & piano - George Butterworth & Roderick Williams (2:08)
    Composed byGeorge Butterworth
    Performed byRoderick Williams
  5. 18 I fear thy kisses, song for voice & piano - George Butterworth & Roderick Williams (1:51)
    Composed byGeorge Butterworth
    Performed byRoderick Williams
  6. 19 Requiescat, for voice & piano - George Butterworth & Roderick Williams (2:56)
    Composed byGeorge Butterworth
    Performed byRoderick Williams
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Performance Credits
Roderick Williams Primary Artist
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