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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 18 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)

Just a-wearyin' for you
composer
1901
author of text

Introduction
Carrie Minetta Jacobs-Bond was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, and died in Hollywood. After education in Janesville, she appeared in vaudeville, sang at the White House for President Theodore Roosevelt, and gave concerts in Army Camps in World War I. Besides ‘ A Perfect Day’, she also composed the celebrated ‘I love you truly’ (1901). Her lyricist in the present song was Frank Lebby Stanton, a journalist born in Charleston, South Carolina, who also wrote the words for ‘Mighty lak a rose’ and became Georgia’s first poet laureate.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2003

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