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Hyperion Records

CDA67065 - English Orchestral Songs

Recording details: August 1998
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: March 1999
DISCID: D810E712
Total duration: 70 minutes 27 seconds

'Maltman captures the almost unbearably poignant feeling of these [Gurney] songs' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Singing of distinction and a programme of remarkable strength. Hyperion is on to a winner here' (Yorkshire Post)

English Orchestral Songs
Orpheus  [2'16]
Sleep  [3'49]
Spring  [2'44]
Come away, death  [3'38]
Who is Silvia?  [1'43]
O mistress mine  [2'00]

It will be remembered that Christopher Maltman won the Lieder Prize at last year's Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He has since become widely known and admired for his rich baritone voice and stylish singing in a wide variety of musical styles. (He sang the part of Reggie Fairfax in our recording of The Geisha issued in January.)

Most of the songs on this CD are first recordings. Indeed we think one or two of them are first performances, having been specially edited by Jeremy Dibble from the original manuscripts. The Gurney songs have, of course, been recorded many times before with their original piano accompaniment but never in these orchestral arrangements by Gerald Finzi and Herbert Howells.

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