Warlock: Rest, sweet nymphs

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Songs by Peter Warlock

Songs by Peter Warlock


Warlock:

The Wind from the West

To the Memory of a Great Singer

Take, O take those lips away

As ever I saw

The bayley berith the bell away

There is a lady sweet and kind

Lullaby 'Golden slumbers kiss your eyes'

Sweet Content

Late Summer

The Singer

Rest, sweet nymphs

Sleep

A Sad Song

In an Arbour Green

Autumn Twilight

I held love's head

Thou gav'st me leave to kiss

Yarmouth Fair

Pretty Ring Time

A Prayer to St Anthony

The Sick Heart

Robin Goodfellow

Jillian of Berry

Fair and True

Ha'nacker Mill

The Night

My Own Country

The First Mercy

The Lover's Maze

Cradle Song

Sigh no more, ladies

Passing By

The Contented Lover

The Fox


Philip Heseltine was born in London in 1894 and in his short life won public acclaim for the songs he wrote under the pseudonym Peter Warlock. He was particularly noted for his settings of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century texts, and brought the most delicate sensibility of the music of that period to his compositions. Warlock was considered an authority on Elizabethan music and in the course of his life he edited over three hundred Elizabethan and Jacobean lute songs for voice and keyboard or for choir.

Rarely can these works have been so beautifully and movingly performed on record as in this celebrated album, featuring John Mark Ainsley at the peak of his considerable powers, perfectly accompanied by Roger Vignoles.

“This is surely one of the best representations of Warlock on records” American Record Guide

“Whether you collect tenors, English music or simply good singing, don’t be without this” BBC Music Magazine

“Enthusiastically recommended” Fanfare

“Singer and song are ideally matched, pianist and piano part likewise, and the shade of Philip Heseltine should gain contentment” Gramophone Magazine

Helios - CDH55442

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Warlock Songs

Warlock Songs


Warlock:

The Wind from the West

Whenas the rye

My gostly fader

Sorrow's Lullaby

As ever I saw

Take, O take those lips away

The bayley berith the bell away

Sweet Content

Mourn no moe

There is a lady sweet and kind

Play Acting

Captain Stratton's Fancy

Mr Belloc's Fancy

Late Summer

Hey troly loly lo

The Bachelor

Rest, sweet nymphs

Piggesnie

Sleep

Autumn Twilight

Milkmaids

I held love's head

Thou gav'st me leave to kiss

Yarmouth Fair

Ha'nacker Mill

The Night

My Own Country

Walking the Woods

The First Mercy

The Jolly Shepherd

Passing By

The Fox


Benjamin Luxon (baritone), David Willison (piano)

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Britten, Quilter, Warlock: Songs from an Island

Britten, Quilter, Warlock: Songs from an Island


Britten:

Come ye not from Newcastle?

O Waly, Waly

Oliver Cromwell

On this Island, Op. 11

Sally in Our Alley

The Ash Grove

The Brisk Young Widow

The Plough Boy

The Trees They Grow So High

Quilter:

Go, lovely Rose, Op. 24 No. 3 (Edmund Wailer)

Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley)

O mistress mine

Take, O take those lips away

Warlock:

Jillian of Berry

Late Summer

Pretty Ring Time

Rest, sweet nymphs

Robin Goodfellow

Sleep

The Birds

The First Mercy


Simon Edwards (tenor), Simon Lebens (piano) & Alain Fleischer (photography)

This CD-book brings songs by Benjamin Britten, Peter Warlock and Roger Quilter, sung by tenor Simon Edwards, accompanied by pianist Simon Lebens. While the CD gives pride of place to Britten, it would be wrong to forget the other two composers: Roger Quilter, 1877-1953, who wrote over a hundred songs; and Peter Warlock, who died in 1930 at the age of 36, also well known for his songs and influenced by Quilter but also by Bartok and Delius, his two contemporaries. The melodies interpreted here are illustrated by texts and photographs by Alain Fleischer, made specifically for this production. By a subtle shift, music and photographs merge in a creative alchemy composed of colours, shapes, contrasts and sounds. British music, British performers, aural and visual pleasure guaranteed.

Actes Sud - ASM11

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Peter Warlock: Collected 78rpm Recordings

Peter Warlock: Collected 78rpm Recordings

Recorded 1925-51, digitally remastered.


Campion:

There is a Garden in her face

(arr. Warlock)

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Dowland:

Flow not so fast, ye fountains

(arr. Warlock)

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Ferrabosco, A II:

O eyes, O mortal stars

(arr. Warlock)

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Come, my Celia

(arr. Warlock)

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Purcell:

Fantazia

(arr. Warlock)

Pasquier Trio

Fantazia

(arr. Warlock)

Griller String Quartet

Warlock:

Capriol Suite

London Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Bernard

Serenade for strings

NGS Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Capriol Suite

(arr. for violin & piano by Joseph Szigeti)

Josef Szigeti (violin), Nikita Magalov (piano)

Serenade for strings

Constant Lambert String Orchestra, Constant Lambert

Capriol Suite

Constant Lambert String Orchestra, Constant Lambert

The Curlew

René Soames (tenor), Flora Nielsen (mezzo-soprano)

Aeolian String Quartet

Captain Stratton's Fancy

Peter Dawson (bass-baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Oh good ale

John Goss (baritone), Diana Poulton (lute)

Corpus Christi

The English Singers

Sleep

John Armstrong (baritone)

International String Quartet

Chopcherry

John Armstrong (baritone)

International String Quartet

The Fox

Parry Jones (tenor)

Sleep

Parry Jones (tenor)

Take, O take those lips away

Parry Jones (tenor)

Sweet and kind

Parry Jones (tenor)

As ever I saw

Parry Jones (tenor)

The Passionate Shepherd

Parry Jones (tenor)

Corpus Christi

Ann Wood (mezzo-soprano), Peter Pears (tenor)

BBC Chorus, Leslie Woodgate

Nursery Jingles (6)

Cecil Cope (bass)

Milkmaids

Roy Henderson (baritone), Eric Griffen (piano)

Captain Stratton's Fancy

Roy Henderson (baritone), Eric Griffen (piano)

Sigh no more, ladies

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Pretty Ring Time

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Passing By

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

My Own Country

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Fair and True

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Piggesnie

Roy Henderson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Sweet and twenty

Nancy Evans (mezzo-soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Consider

Nancy Evans (mezzo-soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Sleep

Nancy Evans (mezzo-soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Rest, sweet nymphs

Truro Girls School

The First Mercy

Billy Neeley (treble)

Corpus Christi

Flora Nielsen (mezzo-soprano), René Soames (tenor)

Festival Singers, Leslie Woodgate

The Frostbound Wood

Dennis Noble (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

The Fox

Dennis Noble (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)

Captain Stratton's Fancy

Oscar Natzke (bass)


Born in 1894, Peter Warlock was one of England’s great songwriters – described by Lennox Berkeley as one of the “most colourful talents in English 20th century music”. His output was prolific. In addition he was a distinguished editor and transcriber of a vast amount of early music as well as an author of several books and many articles, editor and music critic. He was very close to Delius – indeed was obsessed with Delius’s music and wrote a book about him, and also assisted Beecham in organising a Delius festival in 1929. He shared a cottage with fellow composer E. J. Moeran. He suffered bouts of depression and sadly he was found dead in his Chelsea flat in December 1930, of gas poisoning.

Gathered here are the original 78rpm recordings from the John Bishop Collection – divided into Orchestral and Chamber on CD1 and vocal items on CD2. John Bishop was one of the leading lights of the Peter Warlock Society, and all tracks have been remastered by Andrew Rose of Pristine Audio.

The booklet contains fascinating and informative notes, rare photographs and original 78rpm matrix numbers with recording dates.

GGramophone Magazine

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Divine Art Historic Sound - DDH27811

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My Own Country

My Own Country

A recital of English Song


Britten:

Tom Bowling

The Choirmaster's Burial (No. 5 from Winter Words)

Dyson:

Poet's hymn

Song of the Cyclops

Gibbs, C A:

The stranger

Five eyes

Gurney:

Down by the Salley Gardens

Snow

Head, M:

Tewkesbury Road

Lavender Pond

Howells:

O my deir hert (Cradle Song)

King David

Parry:

Weep you no more

Willow, willow

Quilter:

Over the mountains

Drink to me only

Sullivan, A:

Orpheus with his Lute

Edward Gray

Warlock:

My own country

Rest, sweet nymphs


Harry Sever (boy treble) & Robert Bottone (piano)

Herald - HAVP311

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The English Songbook

The English Songbook


anon.:

The Death of Queen Jane

Britten:

Down by the Salley Gardens

Browne, W D:

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Delius:

Twilight Fancies

Dunhill:

The Cloths of Heaven, Op. 30/3

Finzi:

The dance continued

Since we loved

German:

Orpheus with his lute

Grainger:

Bold William Taylor

Brigg Fair

Gurney:

Sleep

I will go with my father a-ploughing

Parry:

No longer mourn for me

Quilter:

Come away, death

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Somervell:

To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars

Stanford:

La Belle Dame sans merci (John Keats) (1877)

My love's an arbutus (Old Irish air)

trad.:

The Turtle Dove

Vaughan Williams:

Linden Lea

Silent Noon

Warlock:

Jillian of Berry

Cradle Song

Rest, sweet nymphs


Ian Bostridge (tenor), Julius Drake (piano)

“The recital begins with Keats and ends with Shakespeare: that can't be bad. But it also begins with Stanford and ends with Parry; what would the modernists of their time have thought about that? They would probably not have believed that those two pillars of the old musical establishment would still be standing by in 1999. And in fact how well very nearly all these composers stand! Quilter's mild drawing–room manners might have been expected to doom him, but the three songs here – the affectionate, easy grace of his Tennyson setting, the restrained passion of his 'Come away, death' and the infectious zest of 'I will go with my father a–ploughing' – endear him afresh and demonstrate once again the wisdom of artists who recognise their own small area of 'personal truth' and refuse to betray it in exchange for a more fashionable 'originality'.
Likewise Finzi, whose feeling for Hardy's poems is so modestly affirmed in 'The dance continued'.
Does that song, incidentally, make deliberate reference, at 'those songs we sang when we went gipsying', to Jillian of Berry by Warlock (whose originality speaks for itself)? Jillian of Berry itself perhaps calls for more full–bodied, less refined tones than Bostridge's. One could do with a ruddier glow and more rotund fruitiness in the voice. Yet for most of the programme he isn't merely a well–suited singer but an artist who brings complete responsiveness to words and music. The haunted desolation of Delius's Twilight Fancies is perfectly caught in the pale hue of the voice which can nevertheless give body and intensity to the frank cry of desire, calming then to pianissimo for the last phrase amid the dim echoes of hunting horns in the piano part. Julius Drake plays with strength of imagination and technical control to match Bostridge's own.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Warner Classics - 5568302

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