The English Song Series Volume 17 - Alwyn

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The English Song Series Volume 17 - Alwyn



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31st Dec 2007




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The English Song Series Volume 17 - Alwyn


Mirage: A Song Cycle for Baritone and Piano

Nocturnes for Baritone and Piano

World Première Recording

Seascapes: Four Songs for Soprano, Treble Recorder and Piano

Invocations: A Song Cycle

Slum Song

World Première Recording

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone), John Turner (treble recorder) & Iain Burnside (piano)

William Alwyn composed prolifically in virtually all genres; orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental. His major works for the voice were composed during the latter part of his career, between 1965 and 1980, and include four of the song-cycles recorded here.



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William Alwyn: Mirages

No. 1. Undine

No. 2. Aquarium

No. 3. The Honeysuckle

No. 4. Metronome

No. 5. Paradise

No. 6. Portrait in a Mirror

William Alwyn: 6 Nocturnes

No. 1. Everything is Now

No. 2. Summer Rain

No. 3. Visitation

No. 4. Summer Night

No. 5. Circle

No. 6. Response

William Alwyn: Slum Song

Slum Song

William Alwyn: Seascapes

No. 1. Dawn at Sea

No. 2. Sea-Mist

No. 3. Song of the Drowned Man

No. 4. Black Gulls

William Alwyn: Invocations

No. 1. Through the Centuries

No. 2. Holding the Night

No. 3. Separation

No. 4. Drought

No. 5. Spring Rain

No. 6. Invocation to the Queen of Moonlight

No. 7. Our Magic Horse

Gramophone Magazine

May 2008

“Jeremy Huw Williams brings conspicuous ardour and intelligence to the task in hand… Elin Manahan Thomas sings with chaste purity and unfailing accuracy… Iain Burnside proffers immaculate support. …this is music of strong appeal which should hopefully win the composer new admirers.”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2008


“…performances are never less than convincing, especially Elin Manahan Thomas's bright, pure soprano interweaving exquisitely with John Turner's treble recording and Iain Burnside's piano in Seascape…”

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