Williams, Allan: Somervell - A Shropshire Lad, Maud (24/88 FLAC)
Williams, Allan: Somervell – A Shropshire Lad, Maud (24/88 FLAC)

Composer: Arthur Somervell
Performer: Roderick Williams, Susie Allan
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Somm
Size: 928 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. No. 1, I Hate the Dreadful Hollow
02. No. 2, A Voice by the Cedar Tree
03. No. 3, She Came to the Village Church
04. No. 4, O Let the Solid Ground
05. No. 5, Birds in the High Hall Garden
06. No. 6, Maud Has a Garden
07. No. 7, Go Not, Happy Day
08. No. 8, I Have Led Her Home
09. No. 9, Come Into the Garden, Maud
10. No. 10, The Fault Was Mine
11. No. 11, Dead, Long Dead
12. No. 12, O That ‘Twere Possible
13. No. 13, My Life Has Crept so Long

14. A Kingdom by the Sea

A Shropshire Lad
15. No. 1, Loveliest of Trees
16. No. 2, When I Was One-and-Twenty
17. No. 3, There Pass the Careless People
18. No. 4, In Summer-Time on Bredon
19. No. 5, The Street Sounds to a Soldier’s Tread
20. No. 6, On the Idle Hill of Summer
21. No. 7, White in the Moon the Long Road Lies
22. No. 8, Think No More, Lad
23. No. 9, Into My Heart an Air That Kills
24. No. 10, The Lads in Their Hundreds, to Ludlow Come In for the Fair

“English song cycles by Sir Arthur Somervell – Maud and A Shropshire Lad – from the acclaimed partnership of baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Susie Allan. Hailed as “the English Schumann” for his mastery of song setting, song cycles in particular, Somervell’s music is marked by a distinctive blend of lyricism and harmony that makes itself indelibly felt in these two seminal works of the English song repertoire. His first cycle, Maud, setting 13 poems from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s dark monodrama, was first performed in 1899 at the height of a fashion for recitals of songs sung in English. An intense, impassioned portrayal of infatuation, it is marked by remarkably eloquent and revealing relationships between voice and text, and voice and piano. Composed in 1904, the 10 poems from A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad portray a young man wistfully contemplating nature, life and love at the age of 20 before following him through a life full of incident and growing self-awareness that, in hindsight, as Jeremy Dibble comments in his booklet notes, ‘prophetically looked forward to the carnage of the First World War’. It prompted from Somervell texturally rich and varied music shot through with an aching lyricism all the more powerful and potent for its folk song-like simplicity and directness. Completing the recital are the enchanting, ever-popular lullaby Shepherd’s Cradle Song and wistful tale of childhood sweethearts with texts by Edgar Allan Poe, A Kingdom by the Sea.”

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