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Track(s) taken from CDA67888

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op 3 No 2

composer
author of text
from The Princess

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: December 2010
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: February 2012
Total duration: 2 minutes 24 seconds

Cover artwork: naturally evolving (2009) by Mark Coote (b1932)
Reproduced by kind permission of the artist
 

Other recordings available for download

Robert White (tenor), Stephen Hough (piano)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Now sleeps the crimson petal has been a favourite among singers ever since its publication in 1904. It is a drawing-room song raised to a higher plane by its sensitivity to the words, resulting in flexible barring rarely seen at the time. It has been republished so many times that the revisions which took place have not been dated, and indeed may not have all been made at any one time. They are mostly minor alterations in the accompaniment, but there is one important change for the voice. Originally, as in this recording, Quilter wrote ‘slip into my’ to four semiquavers (ad lib); this was later changed to ‘into my’ to three triplet quavers. As so often when an artist returns to earlier work to improve it he in fact does more harm than good, and the original version of this song is without question better than the new one.

from notes by Michael Pilkington 1996

Other albums featuring this work

Bird Songs at Eventide
CDH55156
Quilter: Songs
CDA66878
A Treasury of English Song
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