Britten: Complete Scottish Songs

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Britten: Complete Scottish Songs



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1st Aug 2011




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Britten: Complete Scottish Songs


A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92

Who are these children?, Op. 84

Ca’ the yowes

There's none to soothe

O can ye sew cushions?

The Bonny Earl o' Moray

Bonny at morn

Dawtie’s Devotion

The Gully


Come ye not from Newcastle?

Four Burns Songs

arr. Colin Matthews

Cradle Song for Eleanor (MacNeice)

O that I had ne’er been married (from Beware!)

Mark Wilde (tenor), Lucy Wakeford (harp) & David Owen Norris (piano)



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Steeped in an atmosphere of ancient Scottish musical tradition, Benjamin Britten’s setting of texts by Robert Burns in A Birthday Hansel was his final song-cycle. Who are these children? is another late cycle to poems by William Soutar, combining darkly dramatic musical depictions of wartime life with protest songs which hark back to the composer’s youth.

Acclaimed Scottish tenor Mark Wilde’s sensitivities embrace both the vibrantly dramatic and “gently mellifluous” (Manchester Evening News) qualities in this deeply expressive repertoire.

Benjamin Britten: A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92

No. 1. Birthday Song

No. 2. My Early Walk

No. 3. Wee Willie Gray

No. 4. My Hoggie

No. 5. Afton Water

No. 6. The Winter

No. 7. Leezie Lindsay

Benjamin Britten: Who are these Children?, Op. 84

No. 1. A Riddle (The Earth)

No. 2. A Laddie's Sang

No. 3. Nightmare

No. 4. Black Day

No. 5. Bed-time

No. 6. Slaughter

No. 7. A Riddle (The Child You Were)

No. 8. The Lark Lad

No. 9. Who are these Children?

No. 10. Supper

No. 11. The Children

No. 12. The Auld Aik

Benjamin Britten: Cradle Song, "Sleep, my darling, sleep"

Cradle Song, "Sleep, my darling, sleep"

Benjamin Britten: Beware!: No. 2. O that I had ne'er been married

Beware!: No. 2. O that I had ne'er been married

Benjamin Britten: Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles"

Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles": No. 5. Ca' the yowes

Benjamin Britten: Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles"

No. 2. There's none to soothe

Benjamin Britten: Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles"

No. 4. O can ye sew cushions?

No. 3. The Bonny Earl o' Moray

Benjamin Britten: 8 Folk Song Arrangements

8 Folk Song Arrangements: No. 4. Bonny at morn

Benjamin Britten: Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles"

No. 7. Come you not from Newcastle?

Benjamin Britten: Dawtie's Devotion

Dawtie's Devotion

Benjamin Britten: The Gully

The Gully

Benjamin Britten: Tradition


Benjamin Britten: 4 Burns Songs (arr. C. Matthews for voice and piano)

No. 1. Afton Water

No. 2. Wee Willie

No. 3. The Winter

No. 4. My Hoggie

The Telegraph

11th August 2011


“This is a fascinating recital of all Britten’s “north of the border” settings, including his final song cycle A Birthday Hansel and familiar folk-songs such as Ca’the Yowes. The mood is mostly bleak, haunted and haunting: this is Britten at his most austerely romantic and melancholy.”

Financial Times

13th August 2011


“Sensitive harp accompaniment brings to life this setting of poems from Robert Burns and William Soutar”

Classic FM Magazine

October 2011


“The Scottish tenor has matured into one of our finest artists with time's passing, musically astute, vocally impressive and a generous communicator...the intense beauty of Wilde's lyric voice and the musical wisdom of these interpretations pay handsome compensation for the recital's want of spectacular contrasts.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2011

“[In "A Birthday Hansel"] Wilde takes his time and uses his pliable voice to play with light and shade in atmospheric performances. The Soutar cycle, "Who are these children?", is also unhurried, adding several minutes to the timing of Peter Pears's recording, though Wilde generally uses the time productively. The headlong violence of "Slaughter" is more intelligible at this speed and "The Children" has a properly haunting air.”

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