Come to Me in My Dreams

Come to Me in My Dreams

by Sarah ConnollySarah Connolly


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Sleep is a common enough subject in art song, and Come to Me in My Dreams, a recital by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Joseph Middleton, isn't the only one. It may well, however, be the best. There are numerous attractions, starting with Connolly's voice, seeming to catch the mixture of clarity and seductiveness in the sleep phenomenon. Connolly touches on some little-known numbers, including a gem by the still rarely heard Muriel Herbert right at the beginning (sample the unaccompanied opening, and you'll be hooked for the duration). The music is all British, mostly from between the world wars, and all more or less similar in tone, although there's some splendid poetry involved. This leads you to Connolly's real triumph: given these limitations, she forges a varied and compelling program that has distinct parts and moods put together effectively. Connolly is most known for singing early music, and that serves her well here. Pieces like John Ireland's chilling setting of "The Three Ravens," and Charles Villiers Stanford's traditional song adaptation "A Soft Day" evoke earlier styles. The program has a centerpiece, Britten's very lively "A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41," and a forward look near the end, Michael Tippett's three "Songs for Ariel." Carrying it all is Connolly herself, who seems to hold each song suspended over the realm of sleep. Middleton knows enough to keep his part restrained and stay out of the way of her extraordinary performance. An essential British song recital.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2018
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115194423
catalogNumber: 10944
Rank: 221822


  1. The Lost Nightingale ("Whoever stole you from that bush of broom"), for voice & piano  (02:15)
  2. Earth's Call (A Sylvan Rhapsody), for voice & piano  (05:03)
  3. The three ravens, folk song arrangement for voice & piano  (03:51)
  4. The Wind among the Reeds, song cycle for voice & orchestra, Op. 30  (02:12)
  5. Goddess of the Night  (02:19)
  6. Journey's End, for voice & piano, H. 167  (03:48)
  7. A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41

    1. 1. A Cradle Song. Allegretto tranquillo  (02:17)
    2. 2. The Highland Balou. Andante sostenuto  (01:53)
    3. 3. Sephestia's Lullaby. Lento - Doppio movimento (allegretto) -Come sopra (Lento) - Doppio moviment  (01:54)
    4. 4. A Charm. Largamente, ad libitum - Prestissimo furioso - Largamente (ad lib.) - Prestissimo - Lar  (01:43)
    5. 5. The Nurse's Song. Andante piacevole  (04:12)
  8. Into my heart an air that kills  (02:04)
  9. Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 48, H. 174  (02:09)
  10. Where she lies asleep, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 113  (03:29)
  11. Come to me in my dreams, for voice & piano, H. 71  (03:34)
  12. A Sweet Lullaby ("Come Little Babe"), for voice & piano (unfinished)  (04:00)
  13. Somnus, the Humble God, for voice & piano (unfinished)  (02:11)
  14. Weep You No More, for voice & piano (English Lyrics, Set 4, No. 4)  (02:23)
  15. A Sheaf of Songs From Leinster, for voice & piano, Op. 140: A soft day

    1. A soft day  (02:52)
  16. Sailing Homeward, for voice & piano  (01:47)
  17. Twilight, for voice & piano  (02:15)
  18. Thou Didst Delight my Eyes, for voice & piano  (03:08)
  19. The Fields Are Full, for voice & piano  (01:46)
  20. All Night under the Moon for voice & piano  (03:29)
  21. The Cloths of heaven, for voice & piano  (02:19)
  22. Songs for Ariel, for voice & piano (or harpsichord)

    1. I. Come unto these yellow sands. Allegretto  (01:45)
    2. II. Full fathom five. Lento  (01:50)
    3. III. Where the bee sucks. Allegro e gaio  (01:10)
  23. Farewell, for voice & piano  (03:25)

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