Warlock: As ever I saw

This page lists all recordings of As ever I saw, by Peter Warlock (1894-1930) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Great British Tenors

Great British Tenors


Bizet:

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Coleridge-Taylor:

Hiawatha's Wedding Feast: Onaway! Awake, beloved!

Eleanore (No. 6 from Six Songs, Op. 37)

German:

Merrie England: Dan Cupid hath a garden "The English Rose"

Lehár:

Patiently smiling from The Land of Smiles

A heart as pure as gold (from Friederike)

Lehmann, L:

Ah, moon of my delight

Leoncavallo:

Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Massenet:

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Mendelssohn:

Elijah: Then shall the righteous

Purcell:

Hears not my Phillis how the birds ('The Knotting Song'), Z371

Quilter:

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

O mistress mine

Schubert:

An Sylvia, D891

Auf der Bruck, D853

Im Frühling, D882

Sullivan, A:

Take a pair of sparkling eyes (from The Gondoliers)

trad.:

The briery bush

The Foggy, Foggy Dew

Vaughan Williams:

Hugh the drover: Song of the road

The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel)

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)

Wallace, W V:

Yes! let me like a soldier fall

Warlock:

As ever I saw

White, M:

To Mary


Ben Davies, John Coates, Gerwase Elwes, Walter Hyde, Frank Mullings, John McCormack, Joseph Hislop, Parry Jones, Hubert Eisdell, Tudor Davies, Walter Widdop, Derek Oldham, Heddle Nash, James Johnston, Henry Wendon, Webster Booth, Peter Pears, David Lloyd, Walter Midgley, Richard Lewis

Commercial recording arrived at the ideal time to capture a golden age of British tenor singing. A range of distinctive qualities had developed in the 19th century – firm yet elegant tone, emphasis on text and on clarity of diction – that characterised the British tenor voice. The worlds of opera, operetta, oratorio and popular song nourished the tradition and benefited from the succession of fine voices the country produced. The recordings presented here capture some of the most important voices of the early 20th century, and demonstrate the range of musical styles in which the British tenor sound could flourish.

This issue secures a unique position in today’s CD market.

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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

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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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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.

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Gossiana

Gossiana

A 1920s Anthology of Song


 

Agincourt Song

Three Ravens

Here’s a health unto his majesty

L’amour de moi

arr. Hubert Foss

Cavendish:

Down in a valley

arr. Peter Warlock & Philip Wilson

Clarke, Rebecca:

June Twilight

Danyel:

I die whenas I do not see

arr. Peter Warlock & Philip Wilson

Dieren:

Der Asra

Franz, R:

Aus meinen grossen schmerzen

Moeran:

Sheep Shearing (folk song), R.102

Dream of Death

Mozart:

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523

Rosseter:

What then is love but mourning?

arr. Peter Warlock & Philip Wilson

Schubert:

Totengräbers Heimwehe D842 (Craigher)

Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D300 (Salis-Seewis)

Fischerweise, D881 (Schlechta)

trad.:

Barbara Allen

Billy Boy

Shenandoah

Blow ye winds, heigh ho!

Hullabaloo Ballay

Warlock:

As ever I saw

Take, O take those lips away

Milkmaids

The Distracted Maid

O Mistress Mine

Captain Stratton's Fancy

Oh good ale


Giles Davies (baritone) & Steven Devine (piano)

Goss Male Quartet

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A Treasury of English Song

A Treasury of English Song

A selection of songs from the Hyperion catalogue.


Bantock:

Song to the Seals

Bridge:

Go Not, Happy Day

Britten:

Fish in the Unruffled Lakes (No. 4 from Fish in the Unruffled Lakes)

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

Browne, W D:

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Butterworth, G:

The lads in their hundreds

Finzi:

To Lizbie Browne

June on Castle Hill

Gibbs, C A:

Five Eyes

Ann's Cradle Song

Gurney:

Down by the Salley Gardens

I will go with my father a-ploughing

Ha'nacker Mill

Under the greenwood tree

Ireland:

Sea Fever

I have twelve oxen

Lehmann, L:

Charles Augustus Fortescue

Lloyd Webber, W:

The Call of the Morning

Milford:

If it's ever spring again

Parry:

Armida's Garden

Quilter:

Come away, death

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

Somervell:

Come into the garden, Maud

Stanford:

From the red rose

A soft day

Blackberry time

The rain it raineth every day

Vaughan Williams:

Orpheus with his lute

Let Beauty awake

Warlock:

As ever I saw

Yarmouth Fair

My own country


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British Music Collection - Peter Warlock

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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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