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NM 0155

Bennett: Songs Before Sleep

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2010

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Roderick Williams

baritone

Oliver Coates

cello

Susan Bickley

mezzo-soprano

Iain Burnside

piano

Sophie Daneman

soprano

Benjamin Hulett

tenor

Venue:

Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk



Producer:

Jeremy Hayes


Colin Matthews

(Executive)

Record Label
NMC

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Chamber

Total Time - 70:36
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SIR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT

(b. 1936)
   
 

A Garland for Marjory Fleming

9:47  
1 In Isas Bed 1:29
2 A Melancholy Lay 2:47
3 On Jessy Watsons Elopement 1:46
4 Sweet Isabell 2:35
5 Sonnet on a Monkey 1:10
 Sophie Daneman soprano
 Iain Burnside piano
 

Songs before Sleep

15:24  
6 The Mouse and the Bumblebee 1:21
7 Wee Willie Winkie 3:20
8 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 3:30
9 Baby, baby, naughty baby 1:44
10 As I walked by myself 2:31
11 There was an old woman 2:58
 Roderick Williams baritone
 Iain Burnside piano
 

A History of The Dansant

9:10  
12 Foxtrot 2:08
13 Slow Foxtrot 2:45
14 Tango 4:17
 Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano
 Iain Burnside piano
 

Dream-Songs

10:00  
15 The Song of the Wanderer 2:16
16 The Song of Shadows 2:43
17 Dream-Song 2:27
18 The Song of the Mad Prince 2:35
 Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano
 Iain Burnside piano
19 

Tom O'Bedlam's Song

13:09
 Benjamin Hulett tenor
 Oliver Coates cello
20 

This is the Garden

4:04
 Sophie Daneman soprano
 Iain Burnside piano
21 

Voyage

5:55
 Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano
 Iain Burnside piano
22 

A Song at Evening

3:06
 Sophie Daneman soprano
 Iain Burnside piano

Richard Rodney Bennett: ‘Songs Before Sleep’ - Sophie Daneman soprano, Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano, Benjamin Hulett tenor, Roderick Williams baritone, Oliver Coates cello,
Iain Burnside piano

This new recording spans five decades of Bennett's song-writing. It couples some of his most accessible and lyrical pieces - including the melodic Songs Before Sleep, performed by Roderick Williams and the 1920s dance rhythms of A History of the Thé Dansant - with the dramatic and rarely-performed Tom O'Bedlam's Song for tenor and cello, written for Peter Pears. The disc is completed with the enchanting A Garland for Marjory Fleming, setting the poems of an 8-year old Scottish girl writing in 1811.





This new recording spans five decades of Bennett’s song-writing. It couples some of his most accessible and lyrical pieces - including the melodic Songs Before Sleep, performed by Roderick Williams and the 1920s dance rhythms of A History of the Thé Dansant - with the dramatic and rarely-performed Tom O’Bedlam’s Song for tenor and cello, written for Peter Pears. The disc is completed with the enchanting A Garland for Marjory Fleming, setting the poems of an 8-year old Scottish girl writing in 1811.

"A delightful collection of songs ... The common denominator in all of the readings is pianist Iain Burnside, who plays beautifully."

Barry Kilpatrick - American Record Guide  March/April 2011


         Gramophone Recommends

"RRB on NMC makes for a truly delectable voyage of discovery." "What a treat this is! "...Performances throughout are without blemish - and a special word of praise for the supple and intuitive accompaniments by Iain Burnside ....Another NMC gem to snap up without any further ado."

Andrew Achenbach

Gramophone - December 2010

’This is the kind of relaxed, accessible yet sophisticated music that gives Richard Rodney Bennett such broad appeal’
 

New Classics

’Roderick Williams infuses Songs Before Sleep with just the right dark warmth’

BBC Music Magazine

"Performances are uniformly excellent; this is a beautifully judged and planned disc, an undiluted pleasure."   *****

The Guardian



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