Warlock: Jillian of Berry

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Down by the Salley Gardens

Down by the Salley Gardens

Works by Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Howells & Quilter


Berkeley, L:

The Horseman

Finzi:

Since we loved

The sigh

At Middle-Field Gate in February (from I Said to Love)

Gurney:

Down by the Salley Gardens

Hely-Hutchinson:

Old Mother Hubbard - Set in the manner of Händel

Howells:

King David

The Widow Bird

The Little Boy Lost

Purcell:

Music for a while, Z583

arr. Tippett

Lord, what is man?, Z192

arr. Britten

Let the night perish (Job's Curse), Z191

arr. Britten

Quilter:

It was a lover and his lass

Three Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6

Hey, ho, the wind and the rain (No. 5 from Five Shakespeare Songs, Op. 23)

Take, O take those lips away

Stanford:

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

Vaughan Williams:

Linden Lea

Bright is the Ring of Words (No. 8 from Songs of Travel)

Warlock:

Jillian of Berry


Bejun Mehta (countertenor) & Julius Drake (piano)

This programme offers a vivid and varied cross-section of English song, ranging from the Edwardian aesthetic of Quilter and early Vaughan Williams to the intensely expressive style of Howells and Finzi. The Purcell realisations by Britten and Tippett, meanwhile, are products of two great 20th-century composers engaging with their musical heritage. In all these different styles, Bejun Mehta shows the same verbal and vocal mastery that won such acclaim for his debut Handel recital on harmonia mundi.

“Bejun Mehta certainly can't be faulted on his eclecticism in his whistle-stop tour of English song...Mehta's singing is so heart-stoppingly beautiful and musically perceptive that you wish he had recorded whole cycles rather than just representative songs.” The Guardian, 1st September 2011 ****

“Mehta's gift for mood and atmosphere is heard in the light beauty of Quilter's "It was a lover and his lass", the sweet melancholy of Gurney's "Down by the Salley Gardens" or the veiled mystery of Lennox Berkeley's "The Horseman". Pianist Julius Drake provides customary alert, expressive accompaniment.” The Observer, 11th September 2011

“Mehta is a technically excellent singer; with a firm well-supported line; an unusually resonant lower range; and fine expressive diction, well equal to Julius Drake's sturdy accompaniment. And he's hardly more bloodless than genteel English tenors of the era...he exploits his thinner tone deftly for unusual, even eerie effects, especially in Stanford's chilling La belle dame snas merci” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 *****

“Any suspicion that these songs might sound lukewarm or tentative in the hands of a countertenor is soon dispelled by Mehta's invigorating singing of Quilter's 'Blow, blow, thou winter wind' and the keen way he dramatises Stanford's 'La Belle Dame sans merci'. The verbal point he brings to a handful of Purcell songs in arrangements by Britten and Tippett is also appreciated.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

“Mehta may not possess the most extensive of vocal paintboxes but he does gradate the shades at his disposal to good effect: pastels rather than oils. In Drake he has a partner who draws suitable sounds from the piano.” International Record Review, November 2011

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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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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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The Curlew

The Curlew

Songs by Peter Warlock


Warlock:

In an Arbour Green

Autumn Twilight

Late Summer

Pretty Ring Time

A Sad Song

Mr Belloc's Fancy

Ha'nacker Mill

The Night

My Own Country

Sleep

The Curlew

The First Mercy

Adam lay ybounden

Bethlehem Down

The Frostbound Wood

Cradle Song

My lady is a pretty one

Music when soft voices die

Yarmouth Fair

The Contented Lover

And wilt thou leave me thus?

Mourn no moe

Jillian of Berry

Captain Stratton's Fancy


Andrew Kennedy & Simon Lepper

Pavão Quartet

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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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Dreams and Fancies

Dreams and Fancies

Favourite Songs in English


Bridge:

Isobel

Clarke, Rebecca:

The Seal Man

The Aspidistra

Delius:

Twilight Fancies

Dunhill:

The Cloths of Heaven, Op. 30/3

Gibbs, C A:

Silver

Five Eyes

Gurney:

Sleep

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Hoiby:

Jabberwocky

Howells:

King David

Gavotte

Come Sing and Dance

Ireland:

If there were Dreams to Sell

Nelson, H:

Dirty Work

Quilter:

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

Stanford:

The Monkey's Carol

Sullivan, A:

Orpheus with his Lute

Vaughan Williams:

Silent Noon

The Water Mill

Warlock:

The Fox

Jillian of Berry

The First Mercy

The Night


Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano)

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British Music Collection - Peter Warlock

British Music Collection - Peter Warlock


Warlock:

After two years

The droll lover

Ha'nacker Mill

As ever I saw

There is a lady sweet and kind

Whenas the rye

Sigh no more, ladies

Sleep

Pretty Ring Time

Jillian of Berry

The bayley berith the bell away

Passing by

The Frostbound Wood

Robin Goodfellow

Twelve Oxen

Yarmouth Fair

Romance

To the Memory of a Great Singer

My Own Country

The Birds

The Fox

Fair and True

Roister Doister

The Cricketers of Hambledon

Eloré Lo

Capriol Suite

Lullaby my Jesus

Serenade for Strings

Youth


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Decca British Music Collection - 4701992

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Bejun Mehta: Baroque, Classical and Modern Arias & Scenes for countertenor

Bejun Mehta: Baroque, Classical and Modern Arias & Scenes for countertenor


Bach, J C:

No, che non ha la sorte...Vo solcando un mar crudele (from Artaserse)

Berkeley, L:

The Horseman

Finzi:

Since we loved

The sigh

At Middle-Field Gate in February (from I Said to Love)

Gluck:

Se il fulmine sospendi (from Ezio)

Pensa a serbarmi, o cara (from Ezio)

Che puro ciel (Orfeo ed Euridice)

Vieni a' regni del riposo (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Gurney:

Down by the Salley Gardens

Handel:

Sento la gioia (Amadigi)

Agitato da fiere tempeste (Riccardo Primo)

Stille amare (Tolomeo)

Vaghe pupille, non piangete (from Orlando)

Fammi Combattere (Orlando)

Ombra cara di mia sposa (from Radamisto)

Fra tempeste funeste, Con rauco memorio (Rodelinda)

Rosemary Joshua (soprano)

Per le porte de tormento (from Sosarme)

Rosemary Joshua (soprano)

Voi, che udite il mio lamento (from Agrippina)

Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs

Hasse, J A:

Dei di Roma, ah perdonate! (from Il Trionfo di Clelia)

Hely-Hutchinson:

Old Mother Hubbard - Set in the manner of Händel

Howells:

King David

The Widow Bird

The Little Boy Lost

Mozart:

Già dagli occhi il velo è tolto (from Mitridate, rè di Ponto)

Ah di si nobil alma (from Ascanio in Alba)

Perché tacer degg'io?...Cara, lontano ancora (from Ascanio in Alba)

Purcell:

Music for a while, Z583

arr. Tippett

Lord, what is man?, Z192

arr. Britten

Let the night perish (Job's Curse), Z191

arr. Britten

Quilter:

It was a lover and his lass

Three Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6

Hey, ho, the wind and the rain (No. 5 from Five Shakespeare Songs, Op. 23)

Take, O take those lips away

Stanford:

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

Traetta:

Ah, se lo vedi piangere (from Antigona)

Dormi Oreste! (from Ifigenia in Tauride)

Ah, sì, da te dipende (from Antigona)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs

Vaughan Williams:

Bright is the Ring of Words (No. 8 from Songs of Travel)

Linden Lea

Warlock:

Jillian of Berry

Julius Drake (piano)

CD1: Handel - Ombra Cara

CD2: Che Puro Ciel

CD3: Down by the Salley Gardens


For the first time in 3 CD sets, discover the major recording projects matured over many years by ensembles and musicians of harmonia mundi including Bejun Mehta.

“great care has clearly gone into song selection, and in ensuring balance and variety. If you missed these first time around or want to take a plunge into Mehta’s repertoire these three discs are all desirable, though Che Puro Ciel is clearly the highlight.” MusicWeb International, April 2016

“Mehta certainly has a well-produced voice … His vocal technique is solid and there is no doubting his artistic integrity.” Opera Now, February 2016

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