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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67450
Recording details: October 2003
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: April 2004
Total duration: 6 minutes 25 seconds

'The Parley of Instruments, Rachel Brown, director Peter Holman and the Hyperion recording team all deserve applause' (Gramophone)

'With the programme arranged by play rather than chronology, creating an alluring stylistic variety within its 100-or-so-year span, and excellent sound, music for Shakespeare doesn't come much better than this' (BBC Music Magazine)

'I'm sure that if it wasn't for the pioneering series of recordings named The English Orpheus we would find ourselves less the richer for the discoveries this series has brought to our notions of English musical heritage' (The Organ)

'Programmed with Peter Holman's usual ingenuity and originality' (Goldberg)

Orpheus with his lute
composer
Twelve English Songs, London, 1743
author of text
Henry VIII III:i

Introduction
Thomas Chilcot’s haunting setting of this lyric is strophic and has an orchestral accompaniment, with flute obbligato and pizzicato strings imitating the lute. Chilcot was organist of Bath Abbey, and is not known to have written for the theatre. His Twelve English Songs are notable for the high quality of their texts, ranging from Shakespeare to Anacreon and Euripides.

from notes by Peter Holman 2004

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