Shaw, M: The Rivulet

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Martin Shaw: Songs



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6th Feb 2012




77 minutes


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Martin Shaw: Songs

The Airmen

Shaw, M:



The Bubble Song

Jack Overdue

The Dip

The Melodies You Sing

The Rivulet

The Airmen

I Know A Bank

Over The Sea With The Soldier

Perilous Ways

Heffle Cuckoo Fair

Pity The Poor Fighting Men

Old Clothes And Fine Clothes

The Egg-Shell

Over The Sea With The Soldier

The Land Of Heart’s Desire

The Conjuration

When Daisies Pied

The Merry Wanderer

At Columbine’s Grave

Wood Magic



Child Of The Flowing Tide

Ye Banks And Braes

Full Fathom Five

The Accursed Wood

Bird Or Beast?

The World’s Delight

The Little Waves Of Breffny

The Banks Of Allan Water


Come Away



Brookland Road

Sophie Bevan (soprano), Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone) & Iain Burnside (piano)



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Despite a compositional career spanning both World Wars, remarkably little is known about Martin Shaw’s music. It has yet to enjoy the revival of interest that has benefitted the legacies of close friends such as Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Ireland. His songs range from the whimsical and effervescent to the deeply melancholic, and will be a revelation to many. In rescuing these gems from obscurity, Iain Burnside and his singers have given new life to an unjustly neglected figure. Shaw delighted in describing himself as a cockney, a title he could claim under Samuel Rowlands's definition of one born within the sound of the Bow Bells. He studied under Stanford at the Royal College of Music, together with a generation of composers that included Holst, Vaughan Williams and John Ireland. He then embarked upon a career as a theatrical producer, composer and conductor, the early years of which he described as "a long period of starving along". With Gordon Craig, he founded the Purcell Operatic Society in 1899, dedicated to reviving the music of Henry Purcell and other English composers of the period, many of whose works had fallen into long neglect. In 1903, Martin joined Ellen Terry's company at the Imperial Theatre, where he composed and conducted the music for productions of The Vikings and Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Craig, Ellen Terry's son. Shaw toured Europe as conductor to Isadora Duncan, extensively described in his 1929 autobiography Up to Now published by Oxford University Press. During this period he gave music lessons and took posts as organist and director of music, first at St Mary's, Primrose Hill 1902-1920, later at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London 1920-1924. In 1918 he co-founded the League of Arts, the Royal School of Church Music and was an early organiser of hymn festivals. He did much editorial and executive work in connection with popularising music, the encouragement of community singing and raising standards of choral singing in small parish churches. In 1932 Shaw received the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Music. He was appointed an OBE in 1955 and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music (FRCM) in 1958. Morning Has Broken, which Martin Shaw commissioned specially from his old friend Eleanor Farjeon, became a No. 1 hit for Cat Stevens in 1972.

Martin Shaw: 6 Songs of War

6 Songs of War: No. 6. Venizel

Martin Shaw: Jack Overdue

Jack Overdue

Martin Shaw: The Melodies You Sing

The Melodies You Sing

Martin Shaw: The Airmen

The Airmen

Martin Shaw: 6 Songs

6 Songs: No. 4. Over the Sea

Martin Shaw: Pity Poor Fighting Men

Pity Poor Fighting Men

Martin Shaw: The Eggshell

The Eggshell

6 Songs

6 Songs: No. 3. The Land of Heart's Desire

Martin Shaw: The Conjuration

The Conjuration

Martin Shaw: The Merry Wanderer

The Merry Wanderer

Martin Shaw: Bab-Lock-Hythe


Martin Shaw: Child of the Flowing Tide

Child of the Flowing Tide

Martin Shaw: Full Fathom Five

Full Fathom Five

6 Songs

6 Songs: No. 1. Bird or Beast?

Martin Shaw: 2 Water Songs

No. 1. The Little Waves of Breffney

Martin Shaw: 2 Shakespeare Songs

2 Shakespeare Songs: No. 1. Come Away, Death

Martin Shaw: Brookland Road

Brookland Road

6 Songs

6 Songs: No. 6. Summer

Martin Shaw: The Bubble Song

The Bubble Song

Martin Shaw: The Dip

The Dip

2 Water Songs

2 Water Songs: No. 2. The Rivulet

Martin Shaw: I Know a Bank

I Know a Bank

Martin Shaw: Perilous Ways

Perilous Ways

Martin Shaw: Heffle Cuckoo Fair

Heffle Cuckoo Fair

Martin Shaw: Old Clothes and Fine Clothes

Old Clothes and Fine Clothes

Martin Shaw: Over the Sea with the Soldier

Over the Sea with the Soldier

Martin Shaw: When Daisies Pied

When Daisies Pied

Martin Shaw: At Columbine's Grave

At Columbine's Grave

Martin Shaw: Wood Magic

Wood Magic

Martin Shaw: Tides


Traditional: Ye Banks and Braes (arr. M. Shaw)

Ye Banks and Braes (arr. M. Shaw)

Martin Shaw: The Accursed Wood

The Accursed Wood

Martin Shaw: The World's Delight

The World's Delight

Traditional: The Banks of Allan Water (arr. M. Shaw)

The Banks of Allan Water (arr. M. Shaw)

Martin Shaw: Invictus


Martin Shaw: Cuckoo


The Times

11th February 2012


“[Shaw's] lyrical gift is elegant, as is the intelligence of his text setting. There are surprises, too: atmospheric settings that offset the big-boned ballads.”

Charlotte Gardner

16th February 2012

“this revisiting of Martin Shaw’s songs by Iain Burnside and his singers has produced some ear-pricking would be wonderful to think that this massively enjoyable disc might at least land a few of his songs into more established positions within the solo repertory. They do deserve that much.”

The Guardian

1st March 2012


“Their style is bold, diatonic and memorably melodic...These performances, with Burnside the immaculate accompanist, are exemplary: there is no better interpreter of English song today than Roderick Williams, and it's a huge tribute to soprano Sophie Bevan and tenor Andrew Kennedy that their contributions are a match for his.”

BBC Music Magazine

June 2012


“This is music full of character, and some of that character is complex and contradictory. Cleanly crafted, the songs are mostly easy to perform, though they need ringing passion and a quick tongue in the texts...Tenor Andrew Kennedy and baritone Roderick Williams are gorgeously eloquent; Iain Burnside's piano satisfies, too.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2012

“This attractive selection benefits from havig three excellent singers, all with good diction. With persuasive performances like these it looks as if there's a case for making room for another English song composer.”

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