Power of Love: An English Songbook

Power of Love: An English Songbook

by Alice Coote
     
 

For the Power of Love: An English Songbook, pianist Graham Johnson and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote have selected music spanning almost half a century, from the early 1880s to the late 1920s. The music, which is presently essentially chronologically, ranges from the popular Victorian parlor song "Love's Old Sweet Song" to the unsentimental coolness of See more details below

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For the Power of Love: An English Songbook, pianist Graham Johnson and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote have selected music spanning almost half a century, from the early 1880s to the late 1920s. The music, which is presently essentially chronologically, ranges from the popular Victorian parlor song "Love's Old Sweet Song" to the unsentimental coolness of Holst's "Journey's End," and the spooky, chilling nihilism of the composer's "Betelgeuse." The rest of the songs fall stylistically in between these extremes, using the gentle language of late Romantic and post-Romantic lyricism that characterized English music of the period. In their artfully and intelligently arranged program, Coote and Johnson have wisely passed over the most familiar songs of the era to concentrate primarily on lesser known composers like Maude Valérie White, Liza Lehmann, Graham Peel, Roger Quilter, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, E.J. Moeran, and Ivor Gurney. It's a lovely selection that brings to light some real jewels like Lehmann's "Ah, moon of my delight" and "Pa's bank," Gibbs' "The Song of Shadows," Warlock's "Queen Anne," and Gurney's "Lights Out." Coote's voice is generously open and warm, and she can float it with ease and grace. She is capable of nail-spitting dramatic fire in some of her operatic roles, but this repertoire draws out an earnest tenderness that beautifully suits these songs. Graham Johnson's impeccable musicianship and sensitivity is abundantly evident in his fluid, nuanced accompaniments. Hyperion's sound is well balanced, clean, and realistically present.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571178882
catalogNumber:
67888
Rank:
116156

Tracks

  1. Love's Old Sweet Song  - James Lyman Molloy  - Clifton Bingham  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (04:17)
  2. So We'll Go No More A-roving, for voice & piano  - Maude Valérie White  -  Lord Byron  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (04:32)
  3. The Devout Lover, for voice & piano  - Maude Valérie White  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Walter Herries Pollock  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (04:11)
  4. Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 41: 2. Speak, music

    • Edward Elgar
    • Arthur Christopher Benson
    • Graham Johnson
    • Simon Perry
    • Alice Coote
    • Francis Donkin Bedford
    1. 2. Speak, music  (03:15)
  5. Pleading, song for voice & piano, Op. 48/1  - Edward Elgar  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  - Arthur Leslie Salmon  (03:10)
  6. Ah, moon of my delight, for voice & piano  - Liza Lehmann  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Edward FitzGerald  - Francis Donkin Bedford  - Hakim Omar Khayyam  (04:43)
  7. Silent Noon ("Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass"), song for voice & piano (The House of Life No. 2)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Dante Gabriel Rossetti  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (04:42)
  8. The Early Morning, for voice & piano  - Graham Peel  - Hilaire Belloc  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (01:39)
  9. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal for voice & piano, Op. 3/2  - Roger Quilter  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alfred Lord Tennyson  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (02:24)
  10. Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1  - Roger Quilter  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Percy Bysshe Shelley  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (01:29)
  11. The Power of Love, folk song for high voice & piano (DFMS 4)  - Percy Grainger  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (04:04)
  12. Hypochondriacus, for voice & piano  - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Charles Lamb  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (01:39)
  13. The Song of Shadows  - Cecil Armstrong Gibbs  - Graham Johnson  - Walter de la Mare  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (02:33)
  14. Take, O Take Those Lips Away, for voice & piano (Saudades No. 2)  - Peter Warlock  - William Shakespeare  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (01:59)
  15. The Night, for voice & piano (from Belloc Songs)  - Peter Warlock  - Hilaire Belloc  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (02:11)
  16. Goodnight to the Meadow, for voice & piano  - Ivor Gurney  - Robert Graves  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (01:18)
  17. The Boat is Chafing, for voice & piano  - Ivor Gurney  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  -  John Davidson  - Francis Donkin Bedford  (01:38)
  18. Lights out, for voice & piano  - Ivor Gurney  - Graham Johnson  - Simon Perry  - Alice Coote  - Francis Donkin Bedford  - Edward Thomas  (04:02)
  19. Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 48, H. 174: Journey's End

    • Gustav Holst
    • Graham Johnson
    • Simon Perry
    • Humbert Wolfe
    • Alice Coote
    • Francis Donkin Bedford
    1. Journey's End  (02:32)
  20. Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 48, H. 174: Betelgeuse

    • Gustav Holst
    • Graham Johnson
    • Simon Perry
    • Humbert Wolfe
    • Alice Coote
    • Francis Donkin Bedford
    1. Betelgeuse  (03:56)

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