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Vocal Recital: Rutherford, James - BUTTERWORTH, G. / GURNEY, I. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (Most Grand to Die)

Vocal Recital: Rutherford, James - BUTTERWORTH, G. / GURNEY, I. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (Most Grand to Die)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

James Rutherford

Soloist

Eugene Asti

Soloist

Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Classical

Total Time - 76:00
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Vocal Recital: Rutherford, James - BUTTERWORTH, G. / GURNEY, I. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (Most Grand to Die)

     
Select Complete Single Disc for
     
 

GEORGE BUTTERWORTH

 

Bredon Hill and Other Songs

 
1 No. 1. Bredon Hill 4:57
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
 

A.E HOUSMAN

2 No. 2. O Fair enough are Sky and Plain 3:14
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
 

GEORGE BUTTERWORTH

3 No. 3. When the Lad for the Longing Sighs 2:19
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
4 No. 4. On the Idle Hill of Summer 3:11
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
5 No. 5. With Rue My Heart is Laden 2:09
 James Rutherford Soloist
     
 

IVOR GURNEY

6 

In Flanders

3:22
 James Rutherford Soloist
     
7 

Severn Meadows

2:01
 James Rutherford Soloist
     
8 

Even Such Is Time

2:58
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
 

JOHN MASEFIELD (1878-1967)

9 

By a Bierside

4:19
 James Rutherford Soloist
     
 

GEORGE BUTTERWORTH

 

6 Songs from A Shropshire Lad

 
10 No. 1. Loveliest of Trees 3:00
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
 

A.E HOUSMAN

11 No. 2. When I was one-and-twenty 1:22
 James Rutherford Soloist
     
12 No. 3. Look Not in My Eyes 2:05
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
 

GEORGE BUTTERWORTH

13 No. 4. Think no more, Lad 1:19
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
14 No. 5. The Lads in their Hundreds 2:24
 James Rutherford Soloist
     
 

A.E HOUSMAN

15 No. 6. Is My Team Ploughing? 4:11
 James Rutherford Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

16 

The Twa Corbies

4:53
 James Rutherford Soloist
     
 

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

 

Songs of Travel

 
17 No. 1. The Vagabond 3:10
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
18 No. 2. Let Beauty Awake 1:59
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

19 No. 3. The Roadside Fire 2:29
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
 

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

20 No. 4. Youth and Love 3:44
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
21 No. 5. In Dreams 2:27
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
22 No. 6. The Infinite Shining Heavens 2:26
 James Rutherford Soloist
     
23 No. 7. Whither Must I Wander? 3:46
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
24 No. 8. Bright Is the Ring of Words 2:25
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
25 No. 9. I Have Trod the Upward and Downward Slope 2:29
 Eugene Asti Soloist
     
 

JOHN FLETCHER

26 

5 Elizabethan Songs (text by J. Fletcher)

3:21
 James Rutherford Soloist


The First World War marked an entire generation of composers, both in England and on the continent. Of the three composers represented here, George Butterworth was killed on the Somme in 1916, while Ralph Vaughan Williams, who damaged his hearing while commanding an artillery battery, survived, but with memories that would colour many of his post-war masterpieces. Ivor Gurney, finally, also survived, but with a seriously aggravated bipolar disorder that would lead to his spending the last 15 years of his life in a mental hospital. While Butterworth composed his two song cycles some five years before the outbreak of the war, the collection of poems that he chose his texts from – A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad – was striking a resonant contemporary note with its numerous poems dealing with ill-starred young men facing death. Even earlier, in 1904, Vaughan Williams had turned to poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, for his Songs of Travel, a set of nine songs in which the wanderer-narrator philosophically accepts the mixture of joys and sorrows that are offered to him along the road. Gurney – the youngest of the three composers – was also a poet, and in Severn Meadows expressed his longing for home in both text and music. Along with In Flanders, Even such is time and By a bierside – ending with the words of the album’s title – Severn Meadows was composed during Gurney’s time in the trenches, before exposure to poison gas in September 1917 caused him to be returned to England. Interpreting these highly expressive songs is James Rutherford, who has risen to fame as a Wagnerian singer, with Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger) at Bayreuth among his credentials, but who reserves a special place in his repertoire for English 20th-century song. On his first recording for BIS he appears with his regular collaborator Eugene Asti at the piano.

 "A superb disc of songs by Butterworth, Gurney and Vaughan Williams... These are radiant performances from Rutherford and Asti, with good changes of colour in both voice and piano... The emotional charge is high throughout and, with the subject matter generally tending towards warfare and loss, there is a great deal of poignancy; the eponymous Most Grand to Die being especially moving."

 EM Marshall-Luck - Spirited-The Gazette of the English Music Festival - December 2012

"... highly recommended..."

Richard Fairman - Gramophone magazine - November 2012


                         Performance *****      Sound *****

"...A very worthwhile recital ... and I look forward to hearing more."

Michael Scott Rohan - BBC Music magazine - December 2012


"...I enjoyed every minute of this disc. The standards of performance and interpretation are consistently high and though most collectors will have at least one version of most of these songs I’d urge you to make room on your shelves for James Rutherford’s stylish and idiomatic performances. The production values are up to the usual high BIS standards, not least the first rate sound ... this release is blemish-free and the title of the disc is highly appropriate: it is indeed “most grand”!
 
John Quinn - MusicWeb-International.com - 8 October 2012




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