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Hyperion Records

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At the Piano by Robert Beyschlag (1838-1903)
Anthony Mitchell Paintings, Nottingham / Fine Art Photographic Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67374
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 32 seconds

'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)

A Song of Sleep
First line:
Sleep, darling, sleep, the daylight
composer
1903
author of text
1903

Introduction
The place of ballads in the drawing-rooms of the British aristocracy is well demonstrated by the involvement of Lord Henry Richard Charles Somerset. The second son of the 8th Duke of Beaufort, he was married at the age of 24 to the daughter of the third Earl of Somer. It was apparently a marriage of convenience and was not a success. While Lady Somerset, an heiress in her own right, devoted herself to philanthropic work, her husband pursued a variety of endeavours. These included the post of Comptroller of Her Majesty’s Household from 1874 to 1879, as well as song composition. Later he lived in Florence, where he died.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2003

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