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SIG 325

Letters to Lindbergh

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 48Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Christopher Bell

Philip Moore

- (piano)

Andrew West

- (piano)

NYCoS National Girls Choir


Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow

27-29 Apr 2012


Alexander van Ingen


Mike Hatch

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Total Time - 60:54
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Choral Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
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Letters to Lindbergh (1982)

1 I Prelude 1:13
2 II The Letter from Scott of the Antarctic 5:04
3 III The Letter from the Titanic 4:21
4 IV The Letter from Pluto 3:01

The Ballad of Sweet William (2003)


The Aviary (1966)

6 I The Bird's Lament 2:04
7 II The Owl 1:08
8 III The Early Nightingale 2:17
9 IV The Widow Bird 1:42
10 V The Lark 1:09

Dream-Songs (1986)

11 I The Song of the Wanderer 2:11
12 II The Song of the Shadows 2:37
13 III Dream-Song 2:03
14 IV The Sonf of the Mad Prince 2:12

A Song at Evening (2009)


Four American Carols (2010)

16 I A Child of God 1:45
17 II I wonder as I wander 2:31
18 III Away in a manger 2:11
19 IV Rise up, shepherd, and follow 2:18

Over the Hills and Far Away (1991)

20 I Bobby Shafto 0:46
21 II Polly Put the Kettle On 1:40
22 III Rockabye Baby 1:30
23 IV Pop Goes the Weasel 1:00
24 V Oh Dear, What Can the Matter be? 1:27
25 VI Upon Paul's Steeple 1:02
26 VII Golden Slumbers 1:52
27 VIII Over the Hills and Far Away 1:10

One of the most versatile musicians of his generation, Richard Rodney Bennett was at the forefront of British musical life for nearly half a century. This new recording from the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s National Girls Choir compiles a programme of Bennett’s choral works from across his compositional life, as well as a collection of charming folk-tunes and nursery rhymes for piano duet (Over the Hills and Far Away).
This is Signum’s second release with NYCoS, who in 2011 became the first youth arts organization to receive a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

 "... Superb performances and quality recording add to the attraction..."   *****

Robert Matthew-Walker - Musical Opinion - November/December 2013

                   Performance ****      Recording *****

Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - September 2013

"...I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this CD ... It is not deep music, but it has a freshness and lively response that is always a delight."
Paul Corfield Godfrey - - 11 June 2013

 "Produced before Bennett’s death, this forms a moving tribute to a masterly composer. The immediately attractive opener, Letters to Lindbergh, quirkily imagines correspondence the aviator might have received from, among others, Pluto (the cartoon dog!) and the Titanic. His gift for soaring, exciting and grateful vocal lines is shown time and time again, and this young Scottish group repay him in spades. Warmly recommended."

Guy Weatherall - Classical Music Magazine - April 2013

 "...this is a wonderful repertoire ..."

Keith Bruce - Herald Scotland - March 2013

"...the accompaniments are expertly dispatched, and when four hands are required the word ’virtuoso’ can veritably be employed. The pianists come into their own at the end of the disc, with ’Over the Hills and Far Away, eight short arrangements for piano duet of traditional tunes and nursery rhymes that demonstrate the composer’s skill, delicacy and affection for the material. those words can also be applied to the performances throughout the disc, where you will hear some wonderfully open-throated singing, uninhibited and joyful, with superb diction and tuning, and most sensistive control of dynamics. The disc is well recorded ... a winner."
William Hedley - International Record Review - April 2013

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