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CHAN 10596
(multiple CD Set)

Moeran: Complete Solo Songs

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2010

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Roderick Williams

baritone

John Talbot

piano

Geraldine McGreevy

soprano

Adrian Thompson

tenor

Venue:

Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Stoke d'Abernon, Cobham, Surrey



Producer:

John Talbot


Paul Arden-Taylor



Engineer:

Paul Arden-Taylor



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 118:47
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ERNEST JOHN MOERAN

(1894-1950)
   
premiere recording
1 

Spring goeth all in white

1:21
  (Robert Seymour Bridges)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
2 

When June is come

1:11
  (Robert Seymour Bridges)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
3 

Mantle of Blue

1:56
  (Padraic Colum)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
4 

Twilight

1:48
  (John Edward Masefield)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
 

Ludlow Town

9:38  
  (Alfred Edward Housman)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
5 1 When smoke stood up from Ludlow 3:42
6 2 Farewell to barn and stack and tree 2:37
7 3 Say, lad, have you things to do? 1:28
8 4 The lads in their hundreds 1:51
   
 

Two Songs

3:13  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
9 1 The Bean Flower 2:03
  (Dorothy Leigh Sayers)  
10 2 Impromptu in March 1:10
  (Doreen A.E. Wallace)  
11 

In Youth Is Pleasure

2:20
  (Robert Wever)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
12 

The Merry Month of May

2:01
  (Thomas Dekker)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
13 

A Dream of Death

3:06
  (William Butler Yeats)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
14 

Come Away, Death

2:17
  (William Shakespeare)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
15 

Troll the Bowl

1:23
  (Thomas Dekker)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
16 

Can't You Dance the Polka!

1:23
  (Sea shanty, author anonymous)  
  Members of Weybridge Male Voice Choir  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
17 

Mrs Dyer, the Baby Farmer

4:01
  (Victorian crime ballad, author anonymous)  
  Members of Weybridge Male Voice Choir  
 Roderick Williams baritone
18 

Maltworms

2:19
  (Attributed to William Stevenson)  
  Members of Weybridge Male Voice Choir  
 Roderick Williams baritone
 

Seven Poems by James Joyce

12:10  
 Roderick Williams baritone
19 1 Strings in the earth and air 1:39
20 2 The Merry Green Wood 1:11
21 3 Bright cap 0:46
22 4 The Pleasant Valley 1:25
23 5 Donnycarney 1:23
24 6 Rain has fallen 1:47
25 7 Now, O now, in this brown land 3:59
   
26 

When I came last to Ludlow

1:17
  (Alfred Edward Housman)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
27 

'Tis time, I think, by Wenlock town

1:31
  (Alfred Edward Housman)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
28 

Far in a western brookland

2:30
  (Alfred Edward Housman)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
29 

Loveliest of trees

1:41
  (Alfred Edward Housman)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
30 

Oh fair enough are sky and plain (first version)

2:22
  (Alfred Edward Housman)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
31 

Oh fair enough are sky and plain (second version)

2:25
  (Alfred Edward Housman)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
32 

Oh fair enough are sky and plain (third version)

2:46
  (Alfred Edward Housman)  
 Roderick Williams baritone
   
premiere recording
33 

Weep you no more

2:15
  (Sixteenth century, author anonymous)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
34 

The Sweet o' the Year

0:58
  (William Shakespeare)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
   
premiere recording
35 

The Day of Palms

3:18
  (Arthur William Symons)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
   
premiere recording
36 

Blue-eyed Spring

1:13
  (Robert Nichols)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
37 

Rosefrail

1:18
  (James Joyce)  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
   
premiere recording
38 

Tilly

2:26
  (James Joyce)  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
39 

Rahoon

3:04
  (James Joyce)  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
 

Four English Lyrics

8:11  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
40 1 Cherry Ripe 1:54
  (Thomas Campion)  
41 2 Willow Song 1:30
  (John Fletcher)  
42 3 The Constant Lover 1:32
  (William Browne)  
43 4 The Passionate Shepherd 3:15
  (Christopher Marlowe)  
 

Four Shakespeare Songs

5:33  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
44 1 The Lover and his Lass 1:37
45 2 Where the bee sucks 1:38
46 3 When daisies pied 1:16
47 4 When icicles hang by the wall 1:12
   
48 

Diaphenia

2:11
  (Henry Chettle or Henry Constable)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
   
premiere recording
49 

Rosaline

3:25
  (Thomas Lodge)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
   
premiere recording
50 

The Monk's Fancy

2:14
  (Henry J. Hope)  
 Adrian Thompson tenor
   
premiere recording
51 

Invitation in Autumn

4:10
  (Seumas O'Sullivan)  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
   
premiere recording
52 

If There Be Any Gods

1:19
  (Seumas O'Sullivan)  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
 

Six Poems of Seumas O'Sullivan

12:23  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
53 1 Evening 1:59
54 2 The Poplars 2:13
55 3 A Cottager 2:02
56 4 The Dustman 1:04
57 5 Lullaby 2:29
58 6 The Herdsman 2:36
   
 John Talbot piano
  8, 9 and 11 September 2008 (songs for baritone), 20 and 22 January 2009 (songs for tenor), & 14 and 16 April 2009 (songs for soprano)  


Ernest John Moeran was the last major representative of the group of English composers who, in the first two decades of the twentieth century, sought musical inspiration in the melodic beauty of traditional folksong. The emotional and spiritual legacy of his dual Anglo-Irish nationality is in tangible evidence throughout his life and music. A pupil of John Ireland and friend of Peter Warlock, he composed music which displays the influences of Delius, Vaughan Williams, and of course his love of landscape.
Chandos here presents a unique album of his attractive complete solo song catalogue, many of which are premiere recordings.

Moeran wrote sixty original songs for solo voice and piano, including the settings of texts by James Joyce, Robert Bridges, Shakespeare and W.B. Yeats. His most famous songs are his settings of the works of A.E. Housman, with texts from Ludlow Town and A Shropshire Lad.

Baritone Roderick Williams, Soprano Geraldine McGreevy and Tenor Adrian Thompson are accompanied by John Talbot.

And for those of you who are wondering – E.J Moeran is on the right of the motley group of revellers!

 

“…definitely recommended. …

Barry Benesal

 

Fanfare - November/December 2010

‘Gramophone Recommends’
“Moeran’s songs receive long-overdue attention … In sum, a set that no lover of British song will want to pass over.”
                                                      

Andrew Achenbach
 

Gramophone - September 2010

“…I recommend this collection, in which Talbot provides concordant playing…”


John T Hughes

 

International Record Review - June 2010

“…This welcome, complete Chandos collection conjures a pastoral, mystical England… beautifully expressed by the three soloists and pianist John Talbot.”
                                                                   

Fiona Maddocks

The Observer - 23 May 2010

                            Performance  *****                Recording ****

Michael Scott Rohan
 

BBC Music Magazine - June 2010



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