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Known the world over as one of the finest dramatic stage presences before the opera public today, Sir Thomas Allen is also a communicative recitalist, gifted with an open humour and devotion to song that quickly enraptures his audience. These qualities were celebrated last year with pianist Malcolm Martineau in the first volume of 'Songs my father taught me' (CDA67290) and which by popular demand—a true encore!—are shared again in this touching second collection. Here once more is a recital of familiar and nostalgic repertoire steeped in history from firesides of generation after generation, of families gathered round the old piano or latterly the phonograph, dwelling on sentiments of love and regret, wishfulness and celebration, absence and expectancy, that know no age. This disc, graced by a mellow and honeyed voice, captures a gentle age gone by when such heartfelt depictions brought both consolation and joy.
|Songs my father taught me|
'A persuasive case for the often sublime artistry of the humble parlour song … I found no trouble at all in listening to in continuously from sta ...
'Thomas Allen recalls happy evenings round the family piano and offers this well sung collection, which will strike a lost chord with many' (BBC Music ...» More
|Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day|
|How the world wags – Social Music for a 17th-century Englishman|
'Splendid, vigorous, animated, hilarious' (Hi-Fi News)
'Rollicking good 'Rollicking good fun' (The Cornish Guardian)» More
|Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore|
'A new look at a famous score, and for this reason as well as for the excellent performances, warmly welcomed' (Gramophone)
'Peter Holman and his band reveal this music’s rich diversity in an intelligent and pleasing anthology. Taut rhythms and fine dynamic control througho ...» More
|Purcell: Songs and Dialogues|
'Innocently sexy in the most charming way. Emma Kirkby can never have sounded more celestial. The sound quality is immaculate. This is a lovely record ...
'An unqualified delight' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
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