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Tippett - Remember Your Lovers

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Iain Burnside

piano

John Mark Ainsley

tenor

Venue:

The Warehouse, London

29 & 31 Mar & 1 Apr 2005

Producer:

John H. West



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 72:43
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MICHAEL TIPPETT

 

The Heart's Assurance

 
1 Song 2:55
2 The Heart's Assurance 2:22
3 Compassion 4:19
4 The Dancer 2:13
5 Remember your lovers 6:16
   
 

HENRY PURCELL

6 

If music be the food of love

2:03
 

MICHAEL TIPPETT

7 

Music

3:28
 

HENRY PURCELL

8 

Music for a while

3:23
 

MICHAEL TIPPETT

9 

Boyhood's End

12:32
 

HENRY PURCELL

10 

Sweeter than roses

3:28
11 

An evening hymn

3:54
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

12 

Canticle I

7:37
 

HENRY PURCELL

13 

An Epithalamium (A Wedding Song)

2:41
14 

What shall I do?

1:34
15 

'Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh Town

2:14
 

PELHAM HUMFREY

16 

A Hymn to God the Father

2:45
 

HENRY PURCELL

17 

Ah! How Sweet it is to Love

1:55
18 

I attempt from love's sickness

1:51
 

MICHAEL TIPPETT

 

Songs for Ariel

 
19 Come unto these yellow sands 1:53
20 Full fathom five 2:03
21 Where the bee sucks 1:17


Sir Michael Tippett’s great masterpieces - Boyhood’s End and The Heart’s Assurance - are coupled here with some of his editions of songs by Henry Purcell, and Benjamin Britten’s companion piece to Boyhood’s End - Canticle 1. Superbly performed by John Mark Ainsley and Iain Burnside, an added treat is the performance of Tippett and Bergman’s edition of Pelham Humfrey’s setting of John Donne’s A Hymn to God the Father.

John Mark Ainsley is one of the world’s leading tenors. He has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, and has appeared with the San Fransisco Opera, and as Der Daemon in the world premiere of Henze’s L’Upupa.

Iain Burnside has performed with artists including Dame Margaret Price and Susan Chilcott. As a broadcaster he has recently won a Sony Radio Award.

"In Ainsley’s winsome recital, Tippett and Purcell meet as timeless contemporaries. The tenor’s sad, elfin sprightliness suits Tippett’s Songs for Ariel as much as Purcell’s Ah How Sweet. His burning, ardent tone pleads as effectively in The Heart’s Assurance as in What Shall I Do?

Ainsley’s voice is in prime form - it is effortless at the top of his range, and the seamless shift from full voice to falsetto is magical. He is abetted to the peerless song accompanist Iain Burnside, whose sensitivity to the texts equals the singer’s. A wonderful selection of poets, from Alun Lewis to the comical Mr D’Urfey, makes this as valuable to connoisseurs of literature as of the voice."

Rick Jones

The Times Online - 2 July 2007


                                  Recording *****   -   Performances *****

"Taking its title from the last of The Heart’s Assurance, this recital juxtaposes four vocal works by Tippett (The Heart’s Assurance, Boyhood’s End, Music and Songs for Ariel) with none of the Purcell arrangements he made with Walter Bergmann when both were at Morley College; there is also Benjamin Britten’s Canticle I – a Purcellian counterpart to Boyhood’s End, like Heart’s Assurance written for Peter Pears’s voice.

The opening ‘Song’ has much of the complexity of the piano Concerto; after accompanying Pears in the premiere Britten declined to perform it again due to the fact that it required so much practice.

Other than the delightful Tempest settings these were for a 1961 Old Vic production, Tippett’s music needs some ‘head work’ – I remember as a a student listening in wonderment to his Third Programme talks, but failing to grasp much of what he said! – but you feel you owe it to Ainsley for his quite marvellous singing throughout the programme, and the supple matching accompaniments by Iain Burnside (this is a co-production with Radio 3’s Voices programmes, which he presents)."

Christopher Breunig
 

Hi-Fi News


                                    Classical CD of the week

"Remember Your Lovers is the title of the final poem in Tippett’s enraptured song cycle The Heart’s Assurance, the centrepiece of this inspirational recital by John Mark Ainsley and Iain Burnside. There are homoerotic undertones to this cycle and Britten’s Canticle I, which ends, as Burnside puts it, in a "gay lullaby".

The Heart’s Assurance is also, like Tippett’s Boyhood’s End, an impassioned response by the composer to the senseless destruction of the Second World War, and Ainsley is acutely responsive to the cycle’s richly evocative text - the trembling kiss, the hurling night, the dark antechamber of desire - set unforgettably by Tippett.

The strong Purcellian influence on Tippett and Britten is also pointed up in the imaginatively conceived disc, wonderfully performed."  ****

Barry Millington

Evening Standard - 14 October 2005



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