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Ophelia by Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)
Reproduced by courtesy of the City of Manchester Art Galleries
Track(s) taken from CDA66136
Recording details: May 1984
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1988
Total duration: 3 minutes 58 seconds

'The most delightful and varied song recital I've come across all year' (The Guardian)

Willow, willow
First line:
The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree
composer
1910/1; orchestral version 1912; No 1 of Old-English Popular Music
author of text
original version of text used by Shakespeare in Othello IV:3

Other recordings available for download
John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Introduction
Willow, willow was first set by Grainger for voice and piano in November 1898. It was his first setting of a traditional tune. Four years later he sketched a version for voice, strings and guitar or harp adding a further verse with a much richer accompaniment, finally publishing this version together with its voice and piano counterpart in 1912. The words are familiar to us as those sung by Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello. This lament for lost love, with its sighing motifs, is of rare and ravishing beauty.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould 1996


Other albums featuring this work
'Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works' (CDH55433)
Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55433  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  

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