Whither Must I Wander? English Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi and Roger Quilter

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2012
  • Label: Signum Uk
  • UPC: 635212031421
  • Catalog Number: 314
  • Sales rank: 327,827

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Us Garlands Bring, song cycle for voice & piano (or string orchestra), Op. 18 - William Shakespeare & Gerald Finzi (16:54)
  2. 2 The Call ("Come, my way"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs No. 4) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & George Herbert (2:13)
  3. 3 Love bade me welcome, song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs No. 3) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & George Herbert (5:35)
  4. 4 I got me flowers, song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs No. 2) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & George Herbert (2:35)
  5. 5 Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Robert Stevenson (22:26)
  6. 6 Linden Lea, song for voice & orchestra ("In Linden Lea"; "A Dorset Song") - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Isabelle Trüb (2:31)
  7. 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 & Isabelle Trüb (4:03)
  8. 8 Shakespeare Songs (3) for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 6 - William Shakespeare & Roger Quilter (6:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David John Pike Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    from BBC Music Magazine, March 2013 David John Pike ¿ British-C

    from BBC Music Magazine, March 2013

    David John Pike – British-Canadian, based in Luxembourg – is a rising young baritone with a powerfully operatic voice. Supported by Isabelle Trüb’s accompaniments, often rather more assertive and colourful than reticent Brits expect, he gives the Songs of Travel a distinctively dramatic edge that really brings out this great cycle’s stature, and that of Stevenson’s verse – especially as his diction is exceptional. Only a slight accelerando in The Vagabond seems ill-judged.  
    He delivers the rest of his Vaughan Williams programme equally well, the three Mystical Songs especially, and likewise the fine Finzi cycle, an ardent Who is Sylvia? contrasted with the richly elegiac Fear no more the heat o’the Sun. The Quilter songs are more conventional, but that’s their nature. Pike does miss the breathless stillness of Silent Noon – female interpreters like Felicity Lott seem to manage it better – but makes up for it with a lyrical Linden Lea.
    Finally he bravely essays Blackmore by the Stour in William Barnes’s original Dorset dialect version. Perhaps he shouldn’t have, his dialect straying from Mummerset to Bow Bells with just a dash of Generic Pirate; but it’s hard not to like, and doesn’t detract from the rest of a very fine disc. It’s already had the good word from Sir Thomas Allen, and
    no wonder.

    Michael Scott Rohan

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