The English Song Series Volume 19 - Ivor Gurney Songs

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The English Song Series Volume 19 - Ivor Gurney Songs



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27th July 2009




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The English Song Series Volume 19 - Ivor Gurney Songs


On the Downs

Ha'nacker Mill

The bonnie Earl of Murray

The cherry trees

first recording

By a bierside

Five Elizabethan Songs

The Apple Orchard

All night under the moon (Wilfrid Gibson)

The Latmian Shepherd

I will go with my father a-ploughing

Last hours

Cathleen ni Houlihan

A Cradle Song (W B Yeats)

The Fiddler of Dooney


The Singer (Edward Shanks)

Nine of the clock (John Doyle)

Epitaph in Old Mode (Sir John Collings Squire)

The ship

The Scribe

Fain would I change that note

An Epitaph

When death to either shall come

Thou didst delight my eyes

The boat is chafing

Lights out

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano) & Iain Burnside (piano)



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Described by his teacher, Stanford, as “the one who most fulfilled the accepted ideas of genius”, the poet and composer Ivor Gurney composed more than 300 songs despite suffering from bipolar disorder and tuberculosis.

The Five Elizabethan Songs show the young composer’s astonishing limpid fluency, while Tears and Sleep rank among his most exquisite creations.

Comedy, heavenly rapture, tender urgency and lovelorn longing all touch the music of this ‘lover and maker of beauty’, whose songs find ideal interpreters in Susan Bickley and Iain Burnside.

“Susan Bickley’s sensitivity and vocal allure confirming her among the finest mezzos of her generation” Classical Source

Ivor Gurney: A Fourth Volume of 10 Songs

On the Downs

Ivor Gurney: Ha'nacker Mill

Ha'nacker Mill

Ivor Gurney: The Bonny Earl of Murray

The Bonny Earl of Murray

Ivor Gurney: The Cherry Trees

The Cherry Trees

Ivor Gurney: By a Bierside

By a Bierside

Ivor Gurney: 5 Elizabethan Songs

No. 1. Orpheus with his lute

No. 2. Tears

No. 3. Under the greenwood tree

No. 4. Sleep

No. 5. Spring

Ivor Gurney: 7 Sappho Songs

7 Sappho Songs: The Apple Orchard

Ivor Gurney: All night under the moon

All night under the moon

Ivor Gurney: The Latmian Shepherd

The Latmian Shepherd

Ivor Gurney: I will go with my father a-ploughing

I will go with my father a-ploughing

Ivor Gurney: Last Hours

Last Hours

Ivor Gurney: Cathleen ni Houlihan

Cathleen ni Houlihan

Ivor Gurney: A cradle song

A cradle song

Ivor Gurney: The Fiddler of Dooney

The Fiddler of Dooney

Ivor Gurney: A Third Volume of 10 Songs


Ivor Gurney: The Singer

The Singer

Ivor Gurney: Nine of the clock

Nine of the clock

Ivor Gurney: Epitaph in old mode

Epitaph in old mode

Ivor Gurney: The Ship

The Ship

Ivor Gurney: The Scribe

The Scribe

Ivor Gurney: Fain would I change that note

Fain would I change that note

Ivor Gurney: An Epitaph

An Epitaph

Ivor Gurney: 20 Songs, Vol. 1

When Death to either shall come

Ivor Gurney: Thou didst delight my eyes

Thou didst delight my eyes

Ivor Gurney: The boat is chafing

The boat is chafing

Ivor Gurney: Lights Out

Lights Out: No. 4. Lights Out

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2009


“…Susan Bickley shares with Gurney a direct and instinctive response to the inflections, metres and emotional colours of the English language.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2009

“…the settings of John Masefield are especially memorable, notably "By a Bierside" with a wonderful final climax, superbly conveyed here by Susan Bickley. Wherever you turn, these songs offer illumination and refreshment, splendidly captured not only by Susan Bickley but by her ever-sensitive accompanist, Iain Burnside.”

Opera Britannia

26th August 2009


“Bickley’s attractive mezzo is the perfect interpreter for Gurney, gutsy one moment, restrained the next, whilst textual clarity is always given paramount importance. Iain Burnside accompanies her superbly on the piano, with real passion for the music.”

The Guardian

7th August 2009


“ Susan Bickley's beautifully understated performances with pianist Iain Burnside show, Gurney was not only an important figure in early 20th-century English song, but also a distinctive one detached from its folksy mainstream. Gurney's style is much more European, much more conscious of the German Lieder tradition, and Schumann especially; this is a well-conceived and important disc for all English music enthusiasts.”

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