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SIG 112
On Wenlock Edge

Songs by Vaughan Williams, Gurney and Venables

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Bernard Gregor-Smith

cello

Simon Crawford-Phillips

piano

Andrew Kennedy

tenor

Judith Busbridge

viola

Krysia Osostowicz

violin

Giles Francis

violin

Dante Quartet



Venue:

Potton Hall Studio, Westleton, Suffolk



Producer:

Adrian Peacock



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Chamber


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 57:52
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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

(1872-1958)
 

On Wenlock Edge

21:01  
1 On Wenlock Edge 3:40
2 From far, from eve and morning 2:11
3 Is my team ploughing 3:39
4 Oh, when I was in love with you 0:44
5 Bredon Hill 7:19
6 Clun 3:38
   
 

IVOR GURNEY

(1890-1937)
 

Ludlow and Teme

20:05  
7 When smoke stood up from Ludlow 3:27
8 Fair in a western brookland 5:08
9 'Tis time, I think, by Wenlock town 1:20
10 Ludlow Fair 2:14
11 On the idle hill of summer 3:05
12 When I was one and twenty 1:21
13 The Lent Lily 3:30
   
 

IAN VENABLES

(b. 1955)
 

Songs of Eternity and Sorrow Op. 36

17:25  
14 Easter Hymn 6:38
15 When green buds hang in the elm like dust 3:00
16 Oh who is that young sinner? 2:33
17 Because I liked you better 4:25
On Wenlock Edge – Andrew Kennedy, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Dante Quartet

Andrew Kennedy records Vaughan Williams’s great innovative song cycle On Wenlock Edge nearly one hundred years after its premiere performance in 1909. Writing for tenor, piano and string quartet, Vaughan Williams employed a chamber combination previously unexplored by English composers.

Including Ludlow and Teme by Ivor Gurney and Songs of Eternity and Sorrow, Op. 36 by Ian Venables, this disc provides the listener with songs by three great English composers ranging from the late nineteenth century to the present day, performed beautifully by Andrew Kennedy and his fellow musicians.

"Kennedy’s young tenor sounds utterly at ease in this CD of Housman settings by Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney and Ian Venables ... his musicianship is appealing, and the Dante Quartet accompany with gusto..."    ***

Geoff Brown

 

The Times - 4 January 2008

"Kennedy has a big, bright, expressive tenor voice and uses it with fervour, delicacy and imagination ... A thoughtfully realised recital"  

Anna Picard


 

The Independent on Sunday

"The first of what I hope will be a flood of Vaughan Williams CDs to mark the 50th anniversary of his death has arrived, and very fine it is too ... Kennedy copes marvellously with the music’s kaleidoscopic, constantly changing moods ... Venables’s four settings come as an unexpected bonus, and cap an outstanding CD no lover of British music should miss" 

David Mellor

 

The Mail on Sunday - January 2008

"Venables’ songs are sharply responsive to the weight and meaning of every word, and his style ... around Kennedy’s voice like a glove ... The tenor handles the texts superbly, making every word perfectly clear"  

Andrew Clements

 

The Guardian - 1 February 2008

"Kennedy produces enough vocal strength and projection and in the whole cycle finds variety of colour and volume to differentiate among the seven songs ... His singing of ’Bredon Hill’ is clear and fresh until he almost imperceptibly deadens his tone as he tells of the loved one’s funeral: a fine performance, well supported, as elsewhere by Simon Crawford-Phillips and the Dante Quartet ... Venables’s music is fierce, punching the air, and Kennedy rises to the heightened tension and wide-ranging vocal line. This is a powerful cycle, worth hearing. All the participants respond well to its requirements, as they do to the Vaughan Williams and Gurney songs"

John T. Hughes


 

International Record Review - February 2008


                                     Performance ****    -    Sound ****

 


Michael Scott Rohan

BBC Music Magazine - January 2008



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