Warlock: The Night

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Songs to the Moon

Songs to the Moon


Barber:

Four Songs, Op. 13, No. 4 (Nocturne)

Brahms:

Nächtens Op. 112 No. 2

Vor Der Tür Op. 28 No. 2

Unbewegte laue Luft (No. 8 from Acht Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 57)

Der Gang Zum Liebchen, Op. 31 No. 3

Walpurgisnacht, Op. 75 No. 4

Ständchen, Op. 106 No. 1

Der Abend Op. 64 No. 2

Vergebliches Ständchen, Op. 84 No. 4

Chausson:

La nuit, Op. 11, No. 1

Debussy:

Apparition - song (1884)

Duparc:

La Fuite

Fauré:

Clair de Lune, Op. 46 No. 2

Pleurs d'or Op. 72

Tarentelle Op. 10 No. 2

Hahn, R:

Chansons grises

L'heure exquise

Maconchy:

Sun, Moon and Stars

Massenet:

Rêvons c'est l'heure

Mompou:

Damunt de tu, nomes les flors

Saint-Saëns:

Guitares et Mandolines

Schumann:

Unterm Fenster, Op. 34 No. 3

Mondnacht (No. 5 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Zwei Venetianische Lieder, Op. 25 Nos. 17 & 18

Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7

In der Nacht, Op. 74 No. 4

Szulc:

Clair De Lune Op. 83 No. 1

Warlock:

The Night


Myrthen Ensemble: Mary Bevan (soprano), Clara Mouriz (mezzo), Allan Claytone (tenor), Marcus Farnsworth (baritone), Joseph Middleton (piano)

Described by The Telegraph as "the crème de la crème of young British-based musical talent", and praised in BBC Music Magazine for their "irresistible combination of arresting programing and vocal flair assembled around pianist Joseph Middleton", the newly formed Myrthen Ensemble brings together rising stars in the world of art-song and Lieder. This disc features performances by founder members Mary Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton, Marcus Farnsworth and Joseph Middleton.

Joseph Middleton writes to introduce the recording: "The moon has, since antiquity, inspired artists, musicians and wordsmiths. The programme on this disc looks to its many characteristics for inspiration. The songs are at turns consoling, sometimes seductive in serenades and occasionally paint the moon as a threatening force through its extinguishing of the sun's rays. The moon’s silver beams cast their magic in music by Brahms and Schumann in the first of these CDs, and in the second, inspire the exquisite treatment of 'Clair de lune' by a selection of the finest French song composers. Short English nocturnal overtures begin each disc."

“An engaging programme, mixing solos by each of the starry young singers with rare ensemble works. Pianist Joseph Middleton excels throughout.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2016 ****

“The four voices blend beautifully in quartets by Brahms … Best of all, though, is Bevan singing Elisabeth Machony’s ‘Sun Moon and Stars’, a mystic, high-lying setting of Thomas Traherne, her voice ascending into the stratosphere with rapturous ease … Middleton is outstanding, his reputation as a rising star among accompanists richly deserved.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

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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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Insomnia: A nocturnal voyage in song

Insomnia: A nocturnal voyage in song


Bennett, R R:

Dream-Song

Debussy:

Nuit d'étoiles

Fauré:

Clair de Lune, Op. 46 No. 2

Mandoline, Op. 58 No. 1 (Verlaine)

Sérénade toscane Op. 3 No. 2

Gounod:

Viens! Les gazons sont verts

Liszt:

O quand je dors (Hugo), S282

Mozart:

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523

Ravel:

Le grillon (No. 2 from Histoires naturelles)

Schubert:

Auf der Bruck, D853

Schumann, Clara:

Der Mond kommt still gegangen

Strauss, R:

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Vaughan Williams:

Tired

Warlock:

The Night

Wolf, H:

Um Mitternacht (No. 19 from Mörike-Lieder)

Schon streckt' ich aus (No. 27 from Italienisches Liederbuch)

Nicht länger kann ich singen (No. 42 from Italienisches Liederbuch)

Und steht Ihr früh am Morgen auf (No. 34 from Italienisches Liederbuch)

Yiu:

Sonnet


William Berger (baritone) & Iain Burnside (piano)

For his solo debut on disc, William Berger has devised an ingenious sequence of 17 songs describing a sleepless night experienced by a man who reflects on his love for an unnamed woman.

From Viennese classicism to fin-de-siècle Romanticism, shadowy English pastoral to the contemporary worlds of Richard Rodney Bennett and Raymond Yiu, this wide-ranging programme is brought to nuanced life by this outstanding young baritone. The indefatigable Iain Burnside provides lucid and imaginative accompaniment. Together, their performances vividly capture the full gamut of nocturnal emotions.

A graduate and Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Berger is a former member of the Young Singers Programme at English National Opera. Recent engagements include singing Aeneas to Susan Graham's Dido, on tour in California, and his recital debut at the Lucerne International Festival.

Pianist Iain Burnside has forged a worldwide reputation through his commitment to song repertoire and his collaborations with leading international singers.

“[the programme] plays out its chronological narrative – songs depicting specific hours of a sleepless night – with logical and psychological inevitability...Berger sustains a magnetic affection throughout the varied sequence, aided by Iain Burnside’s deft pianism.” The Scotsman, 30th July 2012 ****

“Burnside handles everything with aplomb and insight'” Sunday Times

“Berger is a gem of a singer” Los Angeles Times

“His tone is beautiful, his technique immaculate. He does extraordinary things with breath control in Oh! Quand Je Dors and Wolf's Um Mitternacht, and his sense of line is exceptional...Iain Burnside is wonderfully responsive to his shifts in mood and style. An idiosyncratic disc, but very fine.” The Guardian, 9th August 2012 ****

“You’ll be beguiled by Berger’s voice and entranced by the more left-field musical choices...Songs by Wolf and Liszt dominate post-midnight, and after Morgen we get a couple of encores, including a tiny Gounod number sufficiently breezy to banish the introspective mood and leave one feeling invigorated, not depressed.” The Arts Desk, 8th September 2012

“[Burnside] is unfailingly sensitive and powerfully communicative throughout. The dreamy undulations of Mandoline are a knockout, as is the gently suggestive accompaniment to Wolf’s Um Mitternacht, to name but two examples.” MusicWeb International, October 2012

“Berger has a warm, resonant baritone and an hour spent in its company is a pleasurable experience … the partnership between Berger and Iain Burnside yields some fine performances.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

“Much in this recital gives satisfaction and pleasure. First of all comes the sound of the voice, warm, full, smoothly emitted and steady. One notes too the use of legato, enabling lines and notes to flow” International Record Review, December 2012

“Berger's grainy baritone is pleasing more than awe-inspiring...But he communicates with keen enthusiasm, and his word-lively Mozart Abendempfindung immediately draws the listener in to this artfully selected and ordered programme. With Iain Burnside as accompanist, there are light-filled starry nights aplenty” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 ***

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The Power of Love

The Power of Love

An English Songbook


Elgar:

Pleading, Op. 48 No. 1

Speak, Music, Op. 41, No. 2

Gibbs, C A:

A Song of Shadows Op. 15, No. 3

Hypochondriacus

Grainger:

The Power of Love

Gurney:

Lights out

The boat is chafing

Goodnight to the meadow

Holst:

Betelgeuse

Journey's End

Lehmann, L:

Pa's bank

Love, if you knew the light

Ah, moon of my delight

Moeran:

In youth is pleasure

Molloy:

Love's old sweet song

Peel:

The early morning

Almond, wild almond

Quilter:

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

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

There be none of Beauty's daughters, Op. 24, No. 1

Vaughan Williams:

Silent Noon

Warlock:

Queen Anne

The Night

Take, O take those lips away

White, M:

The Spring has come

The Devout Lover

So we'll go no more a-roving


Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano) & Graham Johnson (piano)

Alice Coote, one of the most distinctive mezzo-sopranos of today, makes her recital debut on Hyperion with pianist Graham Johnson, a stalwart of the label and tireless explorer of vocal repertoire. The Power of Love creates what Johnson describes as a ‘pageant of English song and poetry’. It’s a journey through half a century of song, surveying not just human love but love of nature and even of money. Some of the most touching pieces here involve the loss of love through death, not least Ivor Gurney’s Lights Out and Gustav Holst’s Betelgeuse. There’s serenity, too, in mellifluous settings by Roger Quilter, while high spirits are supplied by Maude Valérie White’s The Spring has come and Warlock’s sardonic Queen Anne, which includes the immortal lines ‘I am Queen Anne, of whom ’tis said / I’m chiefly fam’d for being dead’.

“From start to finish, the artistry of Alice Coote and Graham Johnson is of the highest order.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

“Almost every track on the mezzo’s recital springs a surprise” Financial Times, 11th February 2012

“['Love's Philosophy'] needs and receives a bolder and stronger delivery than its neighbour, rising to a showy conclusion. It allows Coote to introduce an almost operatic approach as her voice peals forth...the Holst songs, mesmerizingly captured by Coote, whose voice seems almost detached as she intones 'Betelgeuse', recorded, like the rest of the programme, in clear sound.” International Record Review, February 2012

“[Victorian parlour repertoire] proves both admirably suited to her distinctively creamy yet expressive voice, and occasionally revelatory...The well-structured programme concludes with Holst's late Humbert Wolfe settings, in which Coote finds surprising power. Journey's End is tragically bleak” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 *****

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Simon Keenlyside: Songs of War

Simon Keenlyside: Songs of War


Bridge:

Thy hand in mine, H 124, for tenor and orchestra

Butterworth, G:

A Shropshire Lad - six songs

Bredon Hill and other songs

Finzi:

Fear No More The Heat O’ The Sun (No. 3 from Let us garlands bring, Op. 18)

Gurney:

When death to either shall come

In Flanders

Ireland:

Sea Fever

The Vagabond

The three ravens

Rorem:

An Incident

Somervell:

Into My Heart An Air That Kills (No. 9 from A Shropshire Lad)

There Pass The Careless People (No. 3 from A Shropshire Lad)

White in the moon the long road lies (No. 7 from A Shropshire Lad)

The Street Sounds To The Soldiers’ Tread (No. 5 from A Shropshire Lad)

Vaughan Williams:

Youth and Love

The infinite shining heavens

The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel)

Warlock:

The Night

Weill, K:

Beat! Beat! Drums!

Dirge For Two Veterans


Songs of War is a very personal selection of songs about war, carefully chosen by Simon Keenlyside. The songs contemplate the innermost thoughts of soldiers on the front lines, concentrating on themes of homesickness, longing, fear and love.

Simon Keenlyside has provided the sleeve notes himself for this album, displaying his own personal thoughts on the compositions, poetry and subject matter. The album’s cover image, provided by the Imperial War Museum, is a photograph of a soldier from WW1 writing a letter home, reflecting the album’s themes of longing and homesickness. Full song texts are included in the booklet.

“The title is deceptive, for these songs exude anything but a warlike mood. Almost all are English: the idiom is winsome, romantic and often quite innocent, as in Vaughan Williams’s “Youth and Love” and Bridge’s “Thy hand in mine”. At the heart of the recital – beautifully vocalised and artlessly characterised by Keenlyside – is Butterworth’s cycle of songs under the title “A Shropshire Lad”.” Financial Times, 5th November 2011 ****

“Despite the title, most of the songs in this admirable collection are anything but warlike. There is no place for patriotic bombast here; instead, these polished miniatures yearn for a vanished pastoral England...a beautifully judged recording, exquisitely sung; poignant but never sentimental.” The Observer, 13th November 2011

“At 52, the British baritone is in peak vocal health, and certainly young-sounding enough to portray the men in their late teens and twenties who leave their homes and loves...I can’t think of another baritone who can match him for beautiful tone, nuance of expression and immaculate diction...Keenlyside is incomparable here, in one of the song records of the year.” Sunday Times, 13th November 2011

“it’s not damning with faint praise to say that you don’t really notice the music at all – it’s Simon Keenlyside’s impeccable delivery that registers. Housman’s bittersweet musings are heartbreaking, notably in the penultimate poem; just listen to Keenlyside's mention of "the lads that will die in their glory and never be old"...A sober, intelligent CD, beautifully sung, immaculately accompanied. Keenlyside's sleeve notes are intelligent, insightful and touching.” The Arts Desk, 26th November 2011

“A sense of the mannered or precious can debase these songs; Keenlyside's sweeping, robust lyricism is deceptively effortless and exactly right...Dr Johnson once said that every man thinks worse of himself for never having been a soldier; Keenlyside has evidently thought deeply about this, making for a robust and involving recital.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012 *****

“Keenlyside's mark is everywhere apparent and full marks to him for persuading Sony to indulge his choices...He is indeed a remarkable singer. He can encompass tragedy and irony, heroic and tender, he has magical half-tones, introduces a thrilling touch of head voice in Warlock's The Night, he can tell a story...Keenlyside's impassioned, almost overwhelming rendering of Frank Bridge's Thy Hand in Mine is, I think, the core and key to this compelling collection” International Record Review, January 2012

“One can imagine a more poignant account of the ghostly voices in 'Is my team ploughing?' but 'The lads in their hundreds' is all the more moving for Keenlyside's robustness...The rest of the programme is equally rewarding and Keenlyside's diction is perfect.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

GGramophone Awards 2012

Best of Category - Solo Vocal

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My Own Country: An English song collection

My Own Country: An English song collection


Bax:

The White Peace (Fiona Macleod)

Bridge:

Strew No More Red Roses

Go Not, Happy Day

Elgar:

Canto Popolare (In Moonlight)

Speak, Music, Op. 41, No. 2

Pleading, Op. 48 No. 1

Twilight, Op. 59 No. 6

The Blue-eyes Fairy

Fraser-Simson:

Halfway Down

Lines written by a Bear of Very Little Brain

Politeness

Missing

Holst:

Ushas

Ireland:

The Trellis

I Have Twelve Oxen

When I am Dead, My Dearest

Lehmann, L:

Mockturtle soup

Henry King

Parry:

O Mistress Mine

My Heart is like a Singing Bird

Under the greenwood tree (Shakespeare) English Lyrics Set VI No. 6

Good Night

Quilter:

Music, when soft voices die, Op. 25 No. 5 (Shelley)

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

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

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

Warlock:

Ha'nacker Mill

My Own Country

The Night

Sleep


Felicity Lott (soprano) & Graham Johnson (piano)

Felicity Lott brings her delicacy and rich understanding to a collection of English song inspired by the idyllic Sussex countryside.

“A lovingly planned programme by Graham Johnson, beautifully sung by Dame Felicity” Gramophone

The Englishness typified here is not derived from one unique musical style; rather from each composerʼs response to the texts. Graham Johnson groups together songs under headings Country Courtship. . . To Music. . . . Loveʼs Philosophy. . . . Country Scenes. . . . Night & Dawn. . . .Childrenʼs Cornerʼ. . . and Envoys on this charming - and occasionally surprising - disc.

It includes songs by Quilter, Elgar, Parry, Ireland, Bax and Holst. The Elgar songs Speak Music and In Moonlight (included under the heading ʻTo Musicʼ) remind us that the paradigm of Englishness Elgar cultivated was more to do with his association with ʻPomp and Circumstanceʼ than necessarily musical matters. As part of ʻCountry Scenesʼ, Bridgeʼs jolly Go Not, Happy Day gives nothing away about its year of publication, 1916, and the scars which led to later music of a more sombre tone.

Also included are a selection of Harold Fraser-Simpsonʼs songs based on verses from A.A. Milneʼs The Hums of Pooh, and settings by Liza Lehmann - the Edwardian English operatic soprano - including Matilda from ʻFour Cautionary Talesʼ by Hillaire Belloc, a duet with both parts taken by Felicity Lott. The CD takes its title from Peter Warlockʼs setting of another Belloc text - My Own Country.

Dame Felicity Lott lives in Sussex and was the very first artist to perform in the Music Room at Champs Hill. In 2005 she and Graham Johnson returned there to mark the 30th anniversary of her Wigmore debut with this programme (previously release on the ASV label). Champs Hill Records will also be releasing new recordings of further Elgar songs with Dame Felicity in October 2011.

“The singing and accompaniment are generally superb - with musical intelligence, understanding and good communication, but I did feel that there were some works - especially those by Quilter - in which Lott regrettably doesn’t quite capture the beauty and simplicity of these gorgeous works.” MusicWeb International, 1st October 2013

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The Frostbound Wood

The Frostbound Wood


Howard, M:

The Painted Rose

Premiere Recording

Howells:

Mrs. MacQueen

When the Dew is Falling

Full Moon

Roe, B:

Noble Numbers

Warlock:

My Little Sweet Darling

Take, O take those lips away

And wilt thou leave me thus?

Sleep

The droll lover

Mourn no moe

My Own Country

My gostly fader

The Frostbound Wood

Bethlehem Down

The Night


Tim Travers-Brown (counter-tenor) & Jeremy Filsell (piano)

This disc of works for counter-tenor and piano explores some gems of 20th century British song. Focussing on the Renaissance-inspired songs of Peter Warlock and Herbert Howells, the disc also sheds light on two lesser-known yet equally talented song composers.

Tim Travers-Brown's future engagements include works by Monteverdi and Grandi with La Nuova Musica at The Wigmore Hall and Purcell's Bonduca with the OAE at King's Place.

“Tudor and Renaissance styles mix happily with echoes of Delius in this wide-ranging CD...Tim Travers-Brown sings with a sinewy grace throughout and Jeremy Filsell accompanies with mercurial charm.” The Observer, 10th May 2009

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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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Songs For Ariel

Songs For Ariel


anon.:

Salve regina

Britten:

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Down by the Salley Gardens

Dowland:

If my complaints could passions move

Gant, M de:

Epitaph for Salomon Pavey

Handel:

Ho fuggito amore, HWV 118

Howells:

King David

Purcell:

Sweeter than Roses (from Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585)

Here the deities approve, Z339

I attempt from love's sickness to fly in vain (from The Indian Queen)

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Tippett:

Songs for Ariel

Vaughan Williams:

The Woodcutters Song

Warlock:

The Night


James Bowman (countertenor) & Kenneth Weiss (harpsichord, piano)

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