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My Own Country - An English Song Collection

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2011

Originally recorded in 2003

Artists:

Graham Johnson

piano

Felicity Lott

soprano

Venue:

Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex

14-16 May 2003

Producer:

Mark Brown



Engineer:

Julian Millard



Record Label
Champs Hill

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 67:41
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  Country Courtship  
 

C. HUBERT PARRY

1 

O Mistress Mine

1:19
 

JOHN IRELAND

2 

The Trellis

2:46
 

C. HUBERT PARRY

3 

My Heart Is Like A Singing Bird

2:03
   
  To Music  
 

EDWARD ELGAR

4 

Speak, Music, Op.41 No.2

3:02
5 

In Moonlight

2:05
 

ROGER QUILTER

6 

Music, When Soft Voices Die

1:30
7 

Music and Moonlight

2:09
   
  Love's Philosophy  
 

EDWARD ELGAR

8 

Pleading, Op.48 No.1

2:58
9 

Twilight, Op.59 No.6

3:04
10 

Under The Greenwood Tree

1:32
 

FRANK BRIDGE

11 

Strew No More Red Roses

2:40
 

ROGER QUILTER

12 

Love's Philosophy

1:21
   
  Country Scenes  
 

PETER WARLOCK

13 

Ha'nacker Mill

2:50
14 

My Own Country

2:37
 

JOHN IRELAND

15 

I Have Twelve Oxen

1:51
 

ROGER QUILTER

16 

Go, Lovely Rose

2:42
 

FRANK BRIDGE

17 

Go Not, Happy Day

1:20
   
  Night and Dawn  
 

ROGER QUILTER

18 

Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal

2:02
 

PETER WARLOCK

19 

Sleep

2:25
20 

The Night

2:14
 

ARNOLD BAX

21 

The White Peace

2:30
 

GUSTAV HOLST

22 

Ushas (Dawn)

3:07
   
  Children's Corner  
 

EDWARD ELGAR

23 

The Blue-Eyes Fairy, Op.78

2:37
 

HAROLD FRASER-SIMSON

24 

Missing

1:37
25 

Politeness

0:43
26 

Halfway Down

1:53
27 

Lines Written By A Bear Of Very Little Brain

1:05
 

LIZA LEHMANN

28 

Henry King

2:42
29 

Matilda

2:58
   
  Envoys  
 

JOHN IRELAND

30 

When I Am Dead, My Dearest

1:52
 

C. HUBERT PARRY

31 

Good-Night

2:07
   


Felicity Lott brings her delicacy and rich understanding to a collection of English song inspired by the idyllic Sussex countryside.

"A lovingly planned programme by Graham Johnson, beautifully sung by Dame Felicity" - Gramophone

The Englishness typified here is not derived fron one unique musical style; rather from each composer’s response to the texts. Graham Johnson groups together songs under headings Country Courtship ... To Music ... Love’s Philosophy ... Country Scenes ... Night & Dawn ... Children’s Corner ... Envoys on this charming - and occasionally surprising disc.

It includes songs by Quilter, Elgar, Parry, Ireland, Bax and Holst. The Elgar songs Speak Music and In Moonlight (included under the heading ’To Music’) remind us that the paradigm of Englishness Elgar cultivated was more to do with his association with ’Pomp and Circumstance’ than necessaily musical matters. As part of ’Country Scenes’, Bridge’s jolly Go Not, Happy Day gives nothing away about its year of publication, 1916, and the scars which led to later music of a more sombre tone.

Also included are a selection of Harol Fraser-Simpson’s songs based on verses for A A Milne;s The Hums of Pooh, and settings by Liza Lehmann - the Edwardian English operatic soprano - including Matilda from ’Four Cautionary Tales’ by Hillaire Belloc, a duet with both parts taken by Felicity Lott.

The album takes its title from Peter Warlock’s setting of another Belloc text - My Own Country.

Dame Felicity Lott lives in Sussex and was the very first artist to perform in the Music Room at Champs Hill. In 2005 she and Graham Johnson returned there to mark the 30th anniversary of her Wigmore debut with this programme (previously released on the ASV label). Champs Hill Records will also be releasing new recordings of further Elgar songs with Dame Felicity in the near future.

"...Lott is noted as a supreme recitalist and here she performs a most charming program...All delightful tunes delightfully performed."

Parsons - American Record Guide - March/April 2012




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