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Track(s) taken from CDD22026
Recording details: April 1987
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1988
Total duration: 4 minutes 39 seconds

'An indispensable collection for those who know the repertoire; a revelation to those who do not' (Gramophone)

'If you enjoy English song, this set is a must … The singers are Britain's best, and their excellence is matched by the accompaniments of Clifford Benson' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Lovely performances; beautiful sound. If you missed out first time round, don't hesitate now' (Hi-Fi News)

Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy
First line:
Weep with me all ye that read
composer
December 1912
author of text
Epitaph on S.P., a Child of Q[ueen] El[izabeth's] Chapel

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Christopher Maltman (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Introduction
Browne's setting of Ben Jonson’s ambitious poem Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy (subtitled ‘A Child of Queen Elizabeth’s Chapel’), was conceived as a companion piece to ‘Diaphenia’. It relates the tale of a thirteen-year-old chorister who also excelled as an actor, the poet’s conceit being that the child acted an old man so well that the Fates took him to be one and death ensued. The music has the character of a slow, sad dance, like a Pavan, with an extended arched, lamenting melody in the unusual time signatures of 10/4 or 12/4. Elizabethan influences are again apparent, whilst the verses are bound together by a ritornello with a portentous descending chromatic bass and ascending triads, symbols respectively of a summons to the grave, and a gasping for life.

from notes by Andrew Burn 2003


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'War's Embers' (CDH55237)
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