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Celebrating English Song

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This wonderful Celebration of English Song was recorded especially for SOMM by baritone Roderick Williams deliciously partnered here by Susie Allan in a collection to gladden the hearts of all lovers of English music. This splendidly wide-ranging collection features two well-loved song cycles, Butterworth's Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad and Finzi's Let us Garlands bring. It also includes some of the best-known English songs of the periods before and after World War II – Ireland's world-famous Sea Feverand Great Things and The Kiss and Flying Crooked, from Ian Venables – now widely regarded as the finest living English composer of art songs and a true successor to Benjamin Britten, represented here by two irresistible settings of English folk-songs, The Salley Gardens and The Ploughboy. Also included are songs by Quilter, Gurney, Warlock and E.J. Moeran.

SOMM is grateful to Jennie McGregor-Smith, the founder and driving force behind Celebrating English Song, the famous song series which took place at Tardebigge, Bromsgrove each summer for many years and which played an invaluable role in popularising English song. Sadly, the series closed down last June with a last recital given to a standing ovation by Roderick and Susie. The CD duplicates exactly that last programme of Roddy and Susie’s Favourite Songs. It also pays a poignant tribute to some of our greatest composers of English art-song.

On This Recording

  1. George Butterworth
    Six songs from A Shropshire Lad – Loveliest of trees
  2. When I was one-and-twenty
  3. Look not in my eyes
  4. Think no more, lad
  5. The lads in their hundreds
  6. Is my team ploughing
  7. John Ireland – Great Things
  8. Sea Fever
  9. In Boyhood
  10. Youth’s Spring Tribute
  11. Ian Venables – A Kiss
  12. Ralph Vaughan Williams
    from The House of Life
    bn Silent Noon
  13. Ivor Gurney – Black Stitchel
  14. Lights Out
  15. Captain Stratton’s Fancy
  16. Ralph Vaughan Williams
    from Songs of Travel
    br The Vagabond
  17. Roger Quilter – Weep you no more, sad fountains
  18. Peter Warlock – Jillian of Berry
  19. E J Moeran – The Pleasant Valley
  20. Ian Venables – Flying Crooked
  21. Benjamin Britten – The Salley Gardens
  22. The Ploughboy
  23. Gerald Finzi
    Let us Garlands bring – Come away, Death
  24. Who is Silvia?
  25. Fear no more the heat o’ the sun
  26. O Mistress Mine
  27. It was a lover and his lass
  28. Ivor Gurney
    from Five Elizabethan Songs -Sleep