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With its focus on Irish songs and Victorian ballads, Volume 4 of the Naxos McCormack Edition completes the tenor’s 1913 recordings. McCormack was supreme in the world of song: he was praised by Gramophone for his “perfection of lyrical singing”.
Some of the ballads included on this disc belong to a world that, with the onset of war in 1914, was destined to disappear. Within the Garden of My Heart and Goodbye, Sweetheart, Goodbye are textbook examples of the flowery song so loved by Victorian audiences, while the 1913 Nearer, My God, to Thee resonates with the loss of the Titanic only a year earlier. Last but not least, this disc also includes five selections with McCormack accompanied by the legendary Fritz Kreisler playing violin obbligato from their first recording sessions in 1914.
Gramophone said of McCormack: “his ability to communicate the very heart of the music came into its own, whether it was Schubert lieder or a sentimental ballad – to him it was all equal if it had the power to move.”
Alicia Scott: Within the Garden of My Heart
Within the Garden of My Heart
Charles Marshall: Dear Love, Remember Me
Dear Love, Remember Me
Jules Massenet: Manon
Manon, Act II: Chiudo gli occhi (En fermant les yeux)
Traditional: Molly Brannigan (arr. Stanford)
Molly Brannigan (arr. Stanford)
Spencer Clay: The Foggy Dew
The Foggy Dew
Samuel Lover: The Low Backed Car
The Low Backed Car
Alberto Bimboni: Sospiri miei, andate ove vi mando
Sospiri miei, andate ove vi mando
Harry Kennedy: Say Au Revoir, but not Goodbye
Say Au Revoir, but not Goodbye
Rudyard Kipling: Mother O'Mine
Landon Ronald: Down in the Forest
Down in the Forest
Carmen, Act I: Votre mere avec moi sortait de la chapelle
Charles Wakefield Cadman: I Hear a Thrush at Eve, "Serenade"
I Hear a Thrush at Eve, "Serenade"
George John Whyte-Melville: Goodbye (Addio)
Lao Silesu: A Little Love, A Little Kiss
A Little Love, A Little Kiss
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
Rigoletto, Act I: Questa o quella
Lowell Mason: Nearer, my God, to Thee
Nearer My God, to Thee
John Rogers Thomas: Eileen Alannah
John Liptrot Hatton: Goodbye, Sweetheart, Goodbye
Goodbye, Sweetheart, Goodbye
Beatrice Parkyns: Le Portrait
Gaetano Braga: The Angel's Serenade, "Leggenda valacca"
The Angel's Serenade, "Leggenda valacca", "La serenata"
Xavier Henri Napoleon Leroux: Le Nil
Benjamin Godard: Jocelyn, Op. 100
Jocelyn, Op. 100: Beneath the Quivering Leaves
Franz Schubert: Ellen's Gesang III (Ave Maria!), Op. 52, No. 6, D. 839, "Hymne an die Jungfrau"
Ellen's Gesang III (Ave Maria!), Op. 56, No. 6, D. 839, "Hymne an die Jungfrau"