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Echo - songs across the ages

Catalogue numberBIS-2568 SACD
Release date2022-11-04
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time63:33

Huw Watkins’ song cycle Echo, composed for soprano Ruby Hughes and premiered in 2017 at Carnegie Hall, is at the centre of this artfully crafted recital. Setting texts by five different poets, the cycle is a work centred on melancholy – on transience, remembrance, and in the final song a numbed cry of inconceivable loss. As such it permeates the entire programme, adding a new and unexpected depth to that which precedes as well as follows.
Another strand of the recital is the idea of how composers across the ages have addressed and echoed one another lovingly in their music – often in the most nuanced and unconscious way. Bach’s solo keyboard works capture something of a sense of timelessness, or more accurately, inspire an emotional connection that transcends time. A similar affinity seems to inform Britten’s folksong arrangements and his realisations of Bach’s Geistliche Lieder as well as the Purcell realisations by Thomas Adès and Tippett. A different kind of echo is created by the inclusion of Britten’s version of Dafydd y Garreg Wen(David of the White Rock) – a nod to the performers’ shared Welsh heritage. Closing the disc, three songs by contemporary British composers admired by both Watkins and Hughes also resonate with the previous works, bringing the programme full circle.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  from Partita No. 4, BWV 828
01 Sarabande 03:24 $ 0.83 USD
02 Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurücke (arr. Benjamin Britten) 01:30 $ 0.37 USD
  from French Suite No. 3, BWV 814
03 Sarabande 01:44 $ 0.43 USD
04 Komm, süsser Tod (arr. Benjamin Britten) 03:05 $ 0.75 USD
  from Partita No. 6, BWV 8360
05 Corrente 02:42 $ 0.66 USD
06 Liebster Herr Jesu (arr. Benjamin Britten) 03:34 $ 0.89 USD
  Composer: Watkins, Huw
  Echo 15:02
07 I. Echo 04:20 $ 1.06 USD
08 II. For each ecstatic instant 01:42 $ 0.42 USD
09 III. If grief could burn out 03:29 $ 0.86 USD
10 IV. When You Are Old 02:23 $ 0.57 USD
11 V. Baby Blue 03:08 $ 0.80 USD
  Composer: Purcell, Henry
12 By beauteous softness (arr. Thomas Adès) 04:41 $ 1.14 USD
13 Music for a while (arr. Michael Tippett) 04:09 $ 1.03 USD
  Composer: Traditional
14 I wonder as I wander (arr. Benjamin Britten) 04:45 $ 1.16 USD
15 Dafydd y Garreg Wen (arr. Benjamin Britten) 03:38 $ 0.89 USD
16 How sweet the answer (The Wren) (arr. Benjamin Britten) 02:30 $ 0.62 USD
  Composer: Pritchard, Deborah
17 The World 04:07 $ 1.01 USD
  Composer: Frances-Hoad, Cheryl
18 Lament 03:23 $ 0.86 USD
  Composer: Errollyn Wallen
19 Peace on Earth 03:08 $ 0.88 USD
  Album total 63:33
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Errollyn Wallen
Frances-Hoad, Cheryl
Pritchard, Deborah
Purcell, Henry
Watkins, Huw
SopranoHughes, Ruby
PianoWatkins, Huw
ArrangerAdés, Thomas
Bergmann, Walter
Britten, Benjamin
Tippet, Sir Michael

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