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The Contrast - English Poetry in Song

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Catalogue numberBIS-2413 SACD
Release date2020-02-07
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time81:06

Song composition has been a constant in British music since the lute and consort works of the early seventeenth century. By 1900, it had developed into a sophisticated genre embraced by almost all serious composers. The music on this amply-filled disc illustrates the diversity of British song-writing and its transformation over a century: from Vaughan Williams’s Orpheus and his Lute (ca 1901) to Huw Watkins’s Five Larkin Songs, composed in 2010 for Carolyn Sampson, who performs them here.

Together with Joseph Middleton, her partner on several acclaimed recital discs, she has devised a highly contrasting programme bookended by two groups of songs by William Walton – A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table from 1962, celebrating the diversity of London, and three songs from Façade, the ‘entertainment’ with which the young composer gained both fame and notoriety in 1923.These frame settings by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter and Frank Bridge of poetry by writers from Shakespeare and Shelley to Keats and Yeats. In comparison, the anti-romantic poems by Philip Larkin have been described as marked by ‘a very English, glum accuracy’. Huw Watkins (b. 1976) has selected texts from across Larkin’s output, catching the various moods – ranging from a certain unsentimental nostalgia to the poet’s seemingly habitual pessimism – in settings that often carry a bittersweet sting in the tail.
 
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  Composer: Walton, Sir William
  A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table 16:32
01 The Lord Mayor’s Table 03:19 $ 0.80 USD
02 Glide gently 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
03 Wapping Old Stairs 02:26 $ 0.58 USD
04 Holy Thursday 03:13 $ 0.77 USD
05 The Contrast 02:47 $ 0.67 USD
06 Rhyme 02:01 $ 0.48 USD
 
 
  Composer: Vaughan Williams, Ralph
07 Orpheus with his lute 03:03 $ 0.73 USD
 
08 The sky above the roof  02:46 $ 0.66 USD
 
09 Silent Noon 04:08 $ 0.99 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bridge, Frank
10 Go not, happy day 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
 
11 When most I wink 02:47 $ 0.67 USD
 
12 Adoration 02:57 $ 0.71 USD
 
13 Come to me in my dreams 03:46 $ 0.90 USD
 
14 When you are old 04:00 $ 0.96 USD
 
15 Mantle of Blue  02:19 $ 0.56 USD
 
16 Love went a-riding 01:50 $ 0.44 USD
 
 
  Composer: Watkins, Huw
  Five Larkin Songs 12:30
17 Who called love conquering 02:47 $ 0.67 USD
18 Wants 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
19 Love Songs in Age 03:28 $ 0.83 USD
20 Money 01:53 $ 0.45 USD
21 Dawn 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
 
 
  Composer: Quilter, Roger
22 Dream Valley, Op. 20 No. 1 02:20 $ 0.56 USD
 
23 Fair House of Joy, Op. 12 No. 7 01:53 $ 0.45 USD
 
24 By a Fountainside, Op. 12 No. 6 03:00 $ 0.72 USD
 
25 Arab Love Song 01:24 $ 0.34 USD
 
26 Autumn Evening, Op. 14 No. 1 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
 
27 My Life’s Delight, Op. 12 No. 2 01:41 $ 0.40 USD
 
 
  Composer: Walton, Sir William
  Three Façade Settings 09:30
28 Daphne 02:58 $ 0.71 USD
29 Through gilded trellises 04:05 $ 0.98 USD
30 Old Sir Faulk 02:27 $ 0.59 USD
 
  Album total 81:06
ComposerBridge, Frank
Quilter, Roger
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Walton, Sir William
Watkins, Huw
PerformerMiddleton, Joseph
Sampson, Carolyn

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