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Parry: 12 Sets of English Lyrics, Vol. 3


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SOMM Recordings’ historic, enthusiastically reviewed survey of Sir Hubert Parry’s 12 Sets of English Lyrics reaches its end with a third revelatory volume. Volume III features pianist Andrew West and baritone Roderick Williams (both heard on Volumes I and II) and the return of soprano Sarah Fox (who appeared on Volume II). Composed between 1874 and shortly before Parry’s death in 1918, the English Lyrics come from a time of immense change as old certainties gave way to new complexity and a global war that would utterly change Britain’s standing in the world. Parry’s riposte was the English Lyrics: a defiant assertion that English poetry was the equal of Germany’s Lied and French mélodies and arguably created the template for the development of the emerging English art-song. The texts of many of the 25 songs – including some of his finest – on this recording carry deeply personal meanings for Parry, his response to them as varied as mood dictates and all realized with consummate insight and craftsmanship. Settings of AP Graves, Julia Chatterton and Julian Sturgis are to the fore, although lyrics by Herbert Warner and the American poets Ralph Waldo Emerson and Langdon Elwyn Mitchell are also to be heard in a spell- binding conclusion to an acclaimed series. Parry’s only setting of Christina Rossetti, ‘My heart is like a singing bird,’ is delightfully effusive, ‘When the Sun’s Great Orb,’ Wagner-like in its imagining of the end of days, ‘The child and the twilight’ vividly full of night-time fears. Reviewing Volume I, BBC Music Magazine praised the “many pleasurable moments in this richly enjoyable album” with Classical Ear summing it up as being “In a word: blissful”. Of Volume II, Robert Hugill applauded “this enterprising and illuminating survey”, while MusicWeb International said: “Lovers of English songs, and Parry in particular, should be in their element with this satisfying album on Somm”.
Facts
Item number SOMMCD 272
Barcode 748871227224
Release date 11/16/2018
Category Vocal
Label SOMM RECORDINGS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Fox, Sarah
Williams, Roderick
West, Andrew
Disc: 1
English Lyrics, Set 10 (text by C. Rossetti)00:02:03
1 English Lyrics, Set 10: No. 1, My Heart Is like a 00:01:53 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 11 (text by. A.P. Graves and J00:02:00
2 English Lyrics, Set 11: No. 4, The Blackbird 00:01:30 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
3 English Lyrics, Set 11: No. 6, If I Might Ride on 00:01:21 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 10 (text by J. Sturgis)00:02:00
4 English Lyrics, Set 10: No. 3, A Moment of Farewel 00:02:03 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 12, No. 1. When the dew is fal00:00:00
5 English Lyrics, Set 12: No. 7, The Sound of Hidden 00:02:27 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 3 (text by J. Sturgis)00:03:00
6 English Lyrics, Set 3: No. 5, Through the Ivory Ga 00:03:08 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 8 (text by L.E. Mitchell)00:00:00
7 English Lyrics, Set 8: No. 2, Nightfall in Winter 00:04:54 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 7 (text by J. Sturgis)00:00:00
8 English Lyrics, Set 7: No. 6, Sleep 00:02:58 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 12, No. 1. When the dew is fal00:00:00
9 English Lyrics, Set 12: No. 1, When the Dew Is Fal 00:01:48 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 4 (text by R.W. Emerson)00:04:00
10 English Lyrics, Set 4: No. 1, Thine Eyes Still Shi 00:02:10 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
11 English Lyrics, Set 4: No. 2, When Lovers Meet Aga 00:01:31 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 6 (text by A.P. Graves)00:03:00
12 English Lyrics, Set 6: No. 4, A Lover's Garland 00:02:36 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 11 (text by A.P. Graves)00:00:00
13 English Lyrics, Set 11: No. 5, The Faithful Lover 00:03:07 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 5 (text by J. Sturgis)00:00:00
14 English Lyrics, Set 5: No. 1, A Stray Nymph of Dia 00:02:26 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
15 English Lyrics, Set 5: No. 6, A Girl to Her Glass 00:01:34 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 12 (text by H. Warner)00:03:00
16 English Lyrics, Set 12: No. 4, When the Sun's Grea 00:02:58 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 11 (text by J. Chatterton)00:02:00
17 English Lyrics, Set 11: No. 1, One Golden Thread 00:01:42 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 8 (text by J. Sturgis)00:00:00
18 English Lyrics, Set 8: No. 1, Whence 00:02:17 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 6 (text by A.P. Graves)00:03:00
19 English Lyrics, Set 6: No. 5, At the Hour the Long 00:02:35 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 8 (text by J. Sturgis)00:00:00
20 English Lyrics, Set 8: No. 5, Looking Backward 00:03:16 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 11 (text by A.P. Graves)00:00:00
21 English Lyrics, Set 11: No. 8, She Is My Love Beyo 00:02:22 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 10 (text by L.E. Mitchell)00:00:00
22 English Lyrics, Set 10: No. 5, From a City Window 00:02:56 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 11 (text by A.P. Graves)00:00:00
23 English Lyrics, Set 11: No. 3, The Spirit of the S 00:01:54 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 10 (text by L.E. Mitchell)00:00:00
24 English Lyrics, Set 10: No. 4, The Child and the T 00:02:08 Fox, Sarah West, Andrew
English Lyrics, Set 8 (text by J. Sturgis)00:00:00
25 English Lyrics, Set 8: No. 6, Grapes 00:01:00 Williams, Roderick West, Andrew
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