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Windy Day near Blainville by Rosemary Hunt (1937-2003)
Reproduced by kind permission of Richard Townley
Track(s) taken from CDA67725
Recording details: November 2007
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: August 2008
Total duration: 3 minutes 46 seconds

'These are attractive works … the resources of voice and instruments are imaginatively exploited. And the performances are excellent. On the Hyperion disc Roth shares with Britten, Ravel and others, the whole working together as an unusual and delightful programme … Alison Nicholls, the fine harpist, writes informative notes for Hyperion' (Gramophone)

'Beautifully played here by Alison Nicholls. Gilchrist sounds quite at home in the Welsh songs … an interesting and intelligent singer, well served by his distinguished accompanists' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The balance between voice and instruments is good, and Gilchrist's recorded voice is present but not too close. Because of its instrumentation and the interesting choice of music, this recital is slightly off the beaten track in a very pleasant way, and listeners whose CD collections already traverse the high road of song literature will find this a worthwhile and enjoyable byway' (International Record Review)

'This wistful Anglo-French programme from the tenor James Gilchrist and the harpist Alison Nicholls offers tracks to savour … the Britten folk-song settings should never die' (The Times)

'James Gilchrist is one of the most expressive tenors of the day, his timbre soft-grained, his diction, immaculate, his lack of mannerism gratifying and his choice of repertory, on this disc of songs and song cycles with harp, interesting. Roth's Romantic Residues … is a setting of deft, touching verses by Vikram Seth, and a wonderful vehicle for Gilchrist's intimate eloquence. That quality is never more searching than in four Britten folk-song arrangements' (The Sunday Times)

'Roth has an ear for gracious, melodic vocal writing and his style is impressively cool and simple … Ravel's gorgeous Five Popular Greek Melodies … give a sense of Gilchrist's wide-ranging artistry, and also show what an excellent performer and accompanist Nicholls is on the harp' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Here's a refreshing summer issue. Tenor James Gilchrist, harpist Alison Nicholls and flautist Jaime Martin present a cocktail that has all the cool, clean refreshment of a glass of Pimms … Ravel's Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques, whose final brief 'Tout gai!' issues a warm, seasonal frisson' (The Scotsman)

O Waly, Waly
First line:
The water is wide, I cannot get o'er
composer
arranger
The British Isles: Vol 3 No 6
author of text
A Somerset folk song

Other recordings available for download
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Lorna Anderson (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Introduction
Britten began arranging folksongs for his wartime recitals with Pears. The first volume was published in 1943 and all of the seven settings in it are dedicated to friends he and Pears had made in America. Down by the Salley Gardens is dedicated to Clytie Hine Mundy, Pears’s singing teacher in the United States. It is an Irish folksong, with words by W B Yeats. Britten’s setting is simple and understated, with the subtlest of harmonic touches conveying the folly of youth with touching pathos.

from notes by John Evans 1986


Other albums featuring this work
'Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements' (CDA66941/2)
Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements
'Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words' (CDH55067)
Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words
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