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Hyperion Records

CDA67261/2 - Ireland: Songs
Recording details: September 1998
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Mike Clements & Mike Hatch
Release date: June 1999
Total duration: 148 minutes 42 seconds

'Perhaps these discs will at last bring the best of his songs back into live recital' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Three excellent young British singers share the treasures recorded here under the sage aegis of Graham Johnson. Lisa Milne's bright, keen soprano is lovely, John Mark Ainsley is a model of style and verbal clarity and young Christopher Maltman continues to show the promise that won him the Cardiff Lieder Prize in 1997' (The Sunday Times)

'A welcome, long overdue event. Excellent introduction to unduly neglected repertoire' (Classic CD)

'Ireland was a songsmith to rival the finest this country has produced, and Hyperion's generous anthology will hopefully encourage others to explore this rewarding and rapt repertoire' (Hi-Fi News)

The advent  [3'06]
Hymn for a child  [2'02]
My fair  [3'05]
The scapegoat  [1'22]
The adoration  [2'35]
The rat  [1'48]
Rest  [2'29]
The trellis  [2'52]
Memory  [1'58]
English May  [2'47]
During music  [2'49]
Newborn  [1'22]
The only child  [1'44]
Hope  [0'57]
The blind boy  [1'17]
Baby  [1'12]
Death-parting  [1'15]
The garland  [1'16]
A thanksgiving  [1'30]
An aside  [1'21]
A report song  [1'52]
The sweet season  [2'48]

Three marvellous young singers come together with Graham Johnson to present this 2-CD set of virtually all of the songs of this reticent but much loved English composer. Before his death in 1962, John Ireland wrote many more songs than the famous 'Sea Fever' (which is sung here by Cardiff prize-winner Christopher Maltman). No less than 69 of them are here, several recorded for the first time. The poets include Shakespeare, the Rossettis, Thomas Hardy, A E Housman, John Masefield and Sir Henry Newbolt. Full texts are included in the booklet.

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