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Hyperion Records

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Pale Moon (2002) by Ann Brain (b1944)
Private Collection / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67899
Recording details: January 2010
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Mellor
Engineered by Andrew Mellor
Release date: January 2012
Total duration: 2 minutes 44 seconds

'Singers and pianist perform with conviction and style' (Gramophone)

'Head created the most inventive and sympathetic writing for voice and piano, in asymmetrical, free-flowing, artful settings of poets such as Walter De La Mare, John Masefield and Christina Rossetti … their expressive power is enhanced by the presence of the pianist Christopher Glynn and three particularly word-sensitive singers … a revelation' (BBC Music Magazine)

'As these meticulous performances demonstrate, Head was acutely sensitive to words. There are settings of Masefield and Yeats, Hardy, Joyce and Christina Rossetti here, and in every song each phrase is perfectly balanced, its accompaniment supremely tactful' (The Guardian)

'Head, a long-neglected member of the first world war generation of English composers, is coming back to favour, and this collection of 27 songs, deftly accompanied by Christopher Glynn, will do his reputation nothing but good … Head makes sure England's fields are forever green, even when the mood is tinged with sadness' (Financial Times)

The little road to Bethlehem
First line:
As I walked down the road at set of sun
composer
1946; for Olive Groves
author of text

Introduction
The little road to Bethlehem (1946) immediately became a best-seller and Head’s most popular song. Margaret Rose’s poem, with its imagery of sheep, is set to an insouciant melody, reminiscent of a folksong, which encapsulates the inno­cence of the Holy Child. Here is music of simplicity and sentimentality that charms, rather than cloys.

from notes by Andrew Burn 2012

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