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Track(s) taken from CDA67374

Will you go with me?

composer
1941
author of text
with Phil Park
author of text
with Herbert J Brandon

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Recording details: January 2002
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 2003
Total duration: 2 minutes 7 seconds

Cover artwork: At the Piano by Robert Beyschlag (1838-1903)
Anthony Mitchell Paintings, Nottingham / Fine Art Photographic Library, London
 
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Will you go with me?  [2'07]

Reviews

'Other singers over recent decades have given the songs an airing from time to time, but Thomas Allen is the very man to do it' (Gramophone)

'With piano-playing by that most sensitive of accompanists, Malcolm Martineau, Sir Thomas Allen brings high art to these songs … with an affectionate regard to mood and feeling, and with a touching lyrical sincerity' (The Daily Telegraph)

'A fitting tribute to this repertory that one of the finest operatic voices of our day has chosen to record it' (Classic FM Magazine)

'I must confess that, what with the beauty of Thomas Allen’s voice and the lovely accompaniment of Malcolm Martineau at the piano, a tear welled in my eye more than once. Another distinguished release from Hyperion' (Liverpool Daily Post)

'Hyperion here brings us Sir Thomas Allen caressing 29 well-loved parlour songs with his warm, expressive baritone … Malcolm Martineau provides his usual sympathetic and well-etched pianistic support' (Birmingham Post)

'what quality of nostalgia, and what depth of conviction … Superb performances … Martineau’s carefully moulded accompaniments enhance a glorious enterprise' (Yorkshire Post)
The continuing appearance of new ballads during the twentieth century was due not least to Alan Robert Murray, whose ‘I’ll walk beside you’ is included in the first of Thomas Allen’s ballad collections. Born in Guernsey, Murray was educated at Malvern College and Pembroke College, Cambridge, and combined military and musical careers with distinction. He served with the Seaforth Highlanders from 1912 to 1936, attaining the rank of major, was an able pianist, and composed attractive ballads and other light music. In 1930 he became Director of the Royal Academy of Music. Of his co-lyricists here, Herbert James Brandon was born and died within a few miles of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire; Philip James Park was born in Preston and, after working as pianist and cinema organist, became noted for his adaptations of classic light operas for amateur companies.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2003

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