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The green grass over him (1994, watercolour inspired by Britten's folk songs). Jane MacKay (b?)
Reproduced by permission of the artist
Track(s) taken from CDA66941/2
Recording details: July 1994
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1994
Total duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds

'This is a superb collection… This will be one of my favorite sets of 1995' (Fanfare, USA)

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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
James Gilchrist (tenor), Alison Nicholls (harp)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (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


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'Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words' (CDH55067)
Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words
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'Romantic Residues' (CDA67725)
Romantic Residues

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