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BRITTEN, B.: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake / Tit for Tat / Folk Song Arrangements (English Song, Vol. 22) (R. Williams, Burnside)

BRITTEN, B.: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake / Tit for Tat / Folk Song Arrangements (English Song, Vol. 22) (R. Williams, Burnside)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Iain Burnside

Soloist

Roderick Williams

Soloist

Venue:

Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Classical

Total Time - 60:11
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BRITTEN, B.: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake / Tit for Tat / Folk Song Arrangements (English Song, Vol. 22) (R. Williams, Burnside)

     
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op. 74

 
1 I. Proverb I: The pride of the peacock 1:19
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
2 II. London 2:22
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
3 III. Proverb II: Prisons are built 0:38
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
4 IV. The Chimney-Sweeper 2:18
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
5 V. Proverb III: The bird a nest 0:49
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
6 VI. A Poison Tree 4:34
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
 

WILLIAM BLAKE

7 VII. Proverb IV: Think in the morning 0:45
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
8 VIII. The Tyger 1:55
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
9 IX. Proverb V: The tygers of wrath 0:50
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

10 X. The Fly 1:55
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
11 XI. Proverb VI: The hours of folly 1:40
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
 

WILLIAM BLAKE

12 XII. Ah! Sun-flower! 3:11
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
13 XIII. Proverb VII: To see a World 0:48
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

14 XIV. Every Night and Every Morn 2:57
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
 

Tit for Tat

 
15 No. 1. A Song of enchantment 2:32
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
 

WALTER DE LA MARE

16 No. 2. Autumn 1:17
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

17 No. 3. Silver 1:32
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
18 No. 4. Vigil 1:35
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
19 No. 5. Tit for Tat 1:39
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
 

Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles"

 
20 No. 1. The Plough Boy 1:43
 Iain Burnside Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

21 No. 5. The Foggy, Foggy Dew 2:02
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
22 

Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements

4:27
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
23 

Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles"

3:17
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles"

 
24 No. 7. Oliver Cromwell 0:43
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

25 No. 6. The Ash Grove 2:23
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
26 No. 1. The Salley Gardens 2:28
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
27 

Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles"

1:39
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

28 

Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles"

2:43
 Roderick Williams Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

29 

Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles"

4:10
 Roderick Williams Soloist


B"ritten wrote his Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op 74 for the German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in 1965. The singer admired the ‘concentration and enigmatic smile’ of the settings, and Britten constructed, through alternation of proverbs with songs, and an intense contemplation on the human and the eternal, one of his greatest song cycles. By contrast Tit for Tat sees Britten revisiting youthful, light-spirited settings of the poet Walter de la Mare. The folk-song arrangements are amongst his most famous, and beloved."

               Gramophone Choice
‘This music has the power to connect the avant-garde with the lost paradise of tonality,’ said Robin Holloway once about Britten. He might have been talking about this Blake set, a standout in Britten’s still often underrated output of the 1960s, written for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau after his contribution to the War Requiem. Putting this new Roderick Williams recording immediately up against the composer and Fischer-Dieskau is like going from hymns ancient to hymns modern. Williams finds an ideal emotional stance—involved, totally word-conscious but never melodramatic…as a recorded recital, Williams—and Burnside, who is similarly colourful but keeps an interpretative distance from pumping up the text—have created an outstanding achievement, one to set alongside the Gerald Finley/Julius Drake disc. Their remaining items, including Tit for Tat—Britten’s ‘reissue’ of early 1929-31 Walter de la Mare settings—shine in a similar way. The Potton Hall recording is clean and clear with excellent instrument/voice balance."

Mike Ashman - Gramophone magazine - June 2012

 


"One could hardly wish for a better showcase than these three items by Britten. There is seriousness in the Blake, a wonderful assortment of humor in the Folk-Songs, and a bit of both in Tit for Tat. And Williams has such a wondrous voice to show off. His is no affected, artificial kind of Englishness. He sounds as if he is telling a story for all, no condescension. A warmly expressive timbre fills the ear with beauty; immaculate enunciation clearly tells the story. Best of all is the gentle, radiant personality that Williams displays. He is someone I would like to meet as well as hear singing. Burnside’s piano accompaniments are just as pleasing. Britten would have been pleased."

Charles H Parsons - American Record Guide - September 2012
 


"Roderick Williams brings a gentler, more intimate touch to what Fischer-Dieskau called their ‘enigmatic smile’: Blake’s ‘Tyger’ burns bright but with less fierce teeth, and there is more melancholy than menace in this performance’s view of the human condition. Every beautifully placed word is matched by Iain Burnside’s recreation of Britten’s pianistic subtext, glinting with many a revealing musical gloss."

Hilary Finch - BBC Music Magazine - July 201




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