Warlock: The First Mercy

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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

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

“Enthusiastically recommended” Fanfare

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

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My True Love Hath My Heart: English Songs

My True Love Hath My Heart: English Songs


Bennett, R R:

A History of the Thé Dansant

Britten:

O Waly, Waly

Corpus Christi Carol

Early one Morning

How Sweet the Answer

Gurney:

Sleep

By a bierside

Head, M:

Cotswold Love

Fox Gloves

Howells:

Lost Love

King David

Gavotte

Come Sing and Dance

Ireland:

Her song

Tryst

My True Love Hath My Heart

Warlock:

The First Mercy


Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) & Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Sarah Connolly received excellent reviews for her recital performance of ‘English Songs’ on 11 April 2011 at the Alice Tully Hall in New York. The New York Times wrote: ‘Ms Connolly’s voice was strong and steady through its range, velvety, but with a soft, subtle graininess that gave weight and presence to even her most ethereal floated notes.’

Here the mezzo-soprano, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau on piano, performs four arrangements by Benjamin Britten: three folk songs and one song from an early choral work. These complement the recent Britten CD on Chandos, on which Connolly performs the cantata Phaedra as well as A Charm of Lullabies (CHAN 10671).

Next come eleven songs from the 1920s, which is considered the golden decade for English art songs. Among the highlights are By a Bierside, Ivor Gurney’s stark reflection on death, written in the World War I trenches, and Herbert Howells’s King David which has long been considered a masterpiece. Howells himself said: ‘I am prouder to have written King David than almost anything else of mine.’

The most recent contribution to this disc of English Songs is the surreally retro A History of the Thé Dansant by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, which was published in 1995.

“Her singing is consistently beautiful in this programme of English songs” Sunday Times, 16th October 2011

“They create a sense of isolation within the sadness of King David; they capture Ireland's responses to the poetry of Hardy, Sidney and Symons with total commitment; and they respond with sentience to Gurney's uniquely eloquent feeling for the inflections of the English language in two of his classic songs” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“One of today’s most intelligent musical mezzo-sopranos, Sarah Connolly is in gloriously fluent and expressive voice for an imaginatively programmed selection of mid 20th-century English song...Malcolm Martineau’s accompaniment is exemplary in its sensitivity.” The Telegraph, 27th October 2011 *****

“It is good to find an English singer in her prime championing the lesser-known art songs of her native tradition, and making them sound not so much twee as magical: listen to Connolly’s artless handling of Britten’s “Corpus Christi Carol”, the quiet rapture she finds in Howells’s “Kind David”, the fun she has with the Foxtrot from Richard Rodney Bennett’s “History of Thé Dansant”.” Financial Times, 30th October 2011 ****

“her sense of drama is never overstated. She excels, therefore, in capturing the masculine melancholy of Britten's lullabies and Bennett's brittle, unpredictable scenes from a long marriage. Martineau responds throughout with characteristically flawless, subtle and intuitive accompaniment.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2011 ****

“Connolly sings immaculately, with impeccably sensitive accompaniment from Malcolm Martineau, in sound both clear and perfectly balanced.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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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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Salve Puerule

Salve Puerule


Berkeley, L:

The Lord is my Shepherd, Op. 91 No. 1

Britten:

Te Deum in C

In the bleak mid-winter

Charpentier, M-A:

In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 416: Salve puerule

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Ireland:

Ex ore innocentium (It is a Thing Most Wonderful)

Leighton:

Lully, lulla ('Coventry Carol'), Op. 25b

Maconchy:

This Day

Mendelssohn:

Hear My Prayer

Rütti:

Magnificat am Abend

Stanford:

Evening Service in G, Op. 81: Magnificat

Vaughan Williams:

He that is down

Warlock:

The First Mercy


Andrew Swait (treble), Alexander Ffinch (organ)

Trinity College of Music Chamber Choir, Stephen Jackson

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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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Bethlehem Down

Bethlehem Down

and other carols for Christmas


Britten:

The birds

Corpus Christi Carol

King Herod and the Cock

Carter, A:

Sweet was the song the Virgin sang

Mistletoe carol

Hadley, P:

I sing of a maiden

Head, M:

Star Candles

Holst:

Old English Christmas Carols (4), H82, Op. 20b

Lullay my liking, H129, Op. 34 No. 2

Rossiter:

The angel Gabriel

trad.:

Deck the Hall

(arr. Rutter)

The Holly and the Ivy

(arr. Rutter)

Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day

(arr. Rutter)

A maiden most gentle

(arr. A Carter)

Sussex Carol

(arr. G Rossiter)

Philip Langridge (tenor)

De Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy

(arr. T Slessor)

Warlock:

Balulalow

The First Mercy

Bethlehem Down


John Evanson (organ)

Finchley Children’s Music Group, Grace Rossiter

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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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I heard an angel sing

I heard an angel sing

A compilation of carols and songs for Christmas


Aston, P:

O my dear heart

Britten:

A New Year Carol

Ferguson, B:

The Rose-tree Carol

The holly and the ivy

Gauntlett:

Once in Royal David's city

Hadley, P:

I sing of a maiden

Halsey, L:

Still, still, still

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Holst:

Personent Hodie

Howells:

O my deir hert (Cradle Song)

Ireland:

The Holy Boy

Kelly, B:

Sweet baby, sleep!

Moeran:

Christmas Day in the morning

Quilter:

The cradle in Bethlehem

An old carol

Terry, R:

Joseph and the Angel

trad.:

Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing?

Ding dong! merrily on high

Away in a manger

Zither Carol

Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day

(arr. Rutter)

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

Adam lay ybounden

The First Mercy


David Bednall (piano & organ)

The Girl Choristers of Wells Cathedral, Rupert Gough

Recorded November 2004 at Wells Cathedral

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