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The Isles of Greece

Swann: Orchestral/ song suite

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2007


Artists:

Isles of Greece Orchestra


John Janssen



Bill Skeat

flute

Juliet Alderdice

mexxo-soprano

Juliet Alderdice

mezzo-soprano

Kelvin Thompson

piano

Lucinda Broadbridge

soprano

Jeffrey Cressell

tenor

Jeffrey Cresswell

tenor

Donald Swann

vocal/piano

Bloomfield Quartet



Venue:

St Mary Magdelene, London


Albert House, Battersea



Producer:

Brian Hunt



Engineer:

Jonathan Mellor



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Romantic

Total Time - 77:11
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The Isles of Greece

 

DONALD SWANN

Select Complete Single Disc for
     
1 

Casos Sonnet No. 1 - Far,far off in a dstant southern sea

2:45
 Donald Swann vocal/piano
 Bill Skeat flute
     
2 

Samiotissa

1:31
  World premiere recording  
 Lucinda Broadbridge soprano
 Juliet Alderdice mexxo-soprano
 Jeffrey Cressell tenor
 John Janssen
     
3 

Miranda

3:04
  World premiere recording  
 Lucinda Broadbridge soprano
 John Janssen
     
4 

Pes Mou Ti

1:18
  World premiere recording  
 Jeffrey Cresswell tenor
 John Janssen
     
5 

Casos Sonnet No. 2 - I've always feared the night

2:08
  World premiere recording  
 Juliet Alderdice mezzo-soprano
 Kelvin Thompson Piano
     
6 

The Women of Souli

2:56
  World premiere recording  
 Lucinda Broadbridge soprano
 Juliet Alderdice mezzo-soprano
 John Janssen
     
7 

Casiot Journey

3:26
  World premiere recording  
 
 John Janssen
     
8 

The Favours

3:17
  World premiere recording  
 Lucinda Broadbridge soprano
 Jeffrey Cresswell tenor
 John Janssen
     
9 

Casos Sonnet No. 3 - With only a red night light for my pen

2:33
  World premiere recording  
 Jeffrey Cresswell tenor
 Kelvin Thompson piano
     
10 

Anatoli

5:17
  World premiere recording  
 Juliet Alderdice mezzo-soprano
 John Janssen
     
11 

Nanourisma

3:53
  World premiere recording  
 Lucinda Broadbridge soprano
 John Janssen
     
12 

Casos Sonnet No. 4 - When shall I land on you

2:12
  World premiere recording  
 Lucinda Broadbridge soprano
 Kelvin Thompson piano
     
13 

Militsa

3:57
  World premiere recording  
 Lucinda Broadbridge soprano
 Juliet Alderdice mezzo-soprano
 Jeffrey Cresswell tenor
 John Janssen
     
14 

Nikotsaras

3:32
  World premiere recording  
 Jeffrey Cresswell tenor
 John Janssen
     
15 

Casos Sonnet no. 5 - Casos, today I'm writing you a letter

1:25
  World premiere recording  
 Juliet Alderdice mezzo-soprano
 Kelvin Thompson piano
     
16 

The Shepherdess

3:20
  World premiere recording  
 Jeffrey Cresswell tenor
 John Janssen
     
17 

Idle Tears

5:13
  World premiere recording  
 Juliet Alderdice mezzo-soprano
 Jeffrey Cresswell tenor
 John Janssen
     
18 

Casos Sonnet no. 6 - So far you’re licking me, Casos, for real

2:36
  World premiere recording  
 Lucinda Broadbridge soprano
 Kelvin Thompson piano
     
19 

The Isles of Greece

4:36
  World premiere recording  
 Juliet Alderdice mezzo-soprano
 John Janssen
     
20 

Casos Sonnet no. 7 - Everywhere is Casos

3:25
  World premiere recording  
 Lucinda Broadbridge soprano
 Juliet Alderdice mezzo-soprano
 Jeffrey Cresswell tenor
 Kelvin Thompson Piano
     
 

The Casos Sonnets

 
21 I 1 Far far off in a distant southern sea 1:30
  Private home recording made by composer  
 Donald Swann vocal/piano
22 II 2. I've always feared the night 2:03
  Private home recording made by composer  
 Donald Swann vocal/piano
23 III 3. With only a red night light for my pen 1:55
  Private home recording made by composer  
 Donald Swann vocal/piano
24 IV 4. When shall I land on you, distant island 1:39
  Private home recording made by composer  
 Donald Swann vocal/piano
25 V 5. Casos, today I,m writing you a letter 1:23
  Private home recording made by composer  
 Donald Swann vocal/piano
26 VI So far you're licking me, Casos, for real 1:41
  Private home recording made by composer  
 Donald Swann vocal/piano
27 VII 7. Everywhere is Casos 2:53
  Private home recording made by composer  
 Donald Swann vocal/piano
28 VIII 8. I love you still 1:43
  Private home recording made by composer  
 Donald Swann vocal/piano


As a composer Donald Swann was more prolific, more varied, than might be imagined from those who only know him as half of the Flanders and Swann comedy duo. Fascinated by the Greek islands and particularly Casos, on which he found both peace and disquiet, he used Greek folksong and popular melodies as the basis for these joyful yet thoughtful songs, orchestrated by John Jansson.

BONUS: The Casos Sonnets, which form a separate subset, were never performed in Donald’s lifetime.  We are very fortunate to have secured a tape of these pieces, made by Donald for his own use on his beloved Bluthner piano at his Battersea home, and this CD includes this rare and valuable recording.

 

"Three excellent singers... The music itself combines an easygoing unpretentiousness with quiet and searching intelligence. There is real intensity as Lucinda Broadbridge strikingly conveys in the fourth of the Casos Sonnets. And the best of the Greek settings, such as Palamas’s Anatolia, are bewitching." 

Malcolm Hayes
 

Classic FM Magazine

"The three singers, admirable in their clarity of diction and delivery, are all well suited to this repertoire and they are accompanied by a chamber orchestra, a solo soprano saxophone contributing some evocative moments. Divine Art’s relatively small catalogue has afforded several items of unusual interest, many of them British. This is certainly one of them and I am happy to give it a warm recommendation."   *****

Phil Scowcroft
 

Music Web


"...a wonderful excursion - beautifully conducted, sung, and played - into forthrightly tonal music and poetry that are disarmingly direct and simplistic ... Each day I go down to my word processor, hell-bent on achieving my self-imposed quota, and each day I instead cue up this CD to hear just a few tracks, and find myself once again helplessly sitting there, mesmerised, until it’s over". 

William Zagorski
 

Fanfare

"Donald Swann was on this evidence clearly a most accomplished and sensitive composer... the singers seem excellent throughout and there is nothing of the suffocating operatic ambience... it was an inspired decision to include Swann’s home-spun tape recording which is never less than poetic... this is a very fine disc and well worth seeking out" 

Rob Barnett

British Music Society Newsletter



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