Alec Roth: Sometime I Sing

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Alec Roth: Sometime I Sing



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13th May 2013




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Alec Roth: Sometime I Sing

Music for Voice and Guitar

Roth, A:

My Lute and I


Dark Night

Night Songs (3)


English Folk Songs (5)

Lights Out

Mark Padmore (tenor) & Morgan Szymanski (guitar)


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A lyrical collection of chamber works for tenor and guitar, 'Sometime I Sing' unites Gramophone award-winning tenor Mark Padmore with Mexican guitarist, Morgan Szymanski, in settings of texts by Thomas Wyatt, Vikram Seth, John Donne and Edward Thomas by the composer Alec Roth.

Roth is a UK-based composer who works across a wide range of musical genres, including stage works, vocal, choral, orchestral, instrumental, and Javanese gamelan. His former posts include Founder/Director of the Royal Festival Hall Gamelan Programme and Southbank Gamelan Players, Music Director of the Baylis Programme, English National Opera and Associate Composer, Opera North. This is his third disc with Signum, following a choral album with Ex Cathedra (SIGCD270) and a chamber music disc 'Songs in Time of War' (SIGCD124) also with Mark Padmore and Morgan Szymanski.

Alec Roth: My Lute and I

I. Sigh and Moan

II. Tell Me

III. How?

IV. A Kiss

V. Wonder

VI. Out of My Mind

VII. Tangled

VIII. Sometime I Sing

IX. Now Cease

Alec Roth: Invocation


Alec Roth: Dark Night

Dark Night

Alec Roth: Three Night Songs

I. The Gift

II. Heart

III. All You Who Sleep Tonight

Alec Roth: Autumnal


Alec Roth: English Folk Songs

I. Scarborough Fair

II. The Brisk Young Widow

III. The Turtle Dove

IV. Dance To Your Daddy

V. Sweet William

Alec Roth: Lights Out

Lights Out

The Times

8th June 2013


“Padmore’s clean tenor finds an ideal vehicle ... there’s a transparent, haunting beauty about it, and the accompaniments for violin, harp and guitar are a joy”

BBC Music Magazine

August 2013


“Light-footed, lyrical, Roth's settings range from Thomas Wyatt to Vikram Seth. They suit Szymanski's elegant guitar and Padmore's refined tenor, but devitalise folksongs like Scarborough Fair.”

MusicWeb International

12th August 2013

“[My Lute ande I] is an excellent and most appealing set of songs which I enjoyed very much; the performance is surely definitive...This is a delightful disc containing some highly accomplished and very imaginative music, beautifully written for voice and guitar.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2013

“Roth's song cycle My Lute and I harnesses language and music in a highly effective alliance...Padmore's flexible voice, with its high register being exploited to particular fruitful effect, is the ideal vehicle for this repertoire”

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