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Track(s) taken from CDA67290

In summertime on Bredon

composer
1911
author of text
A Shropshire Lad

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Recording details: January 2001
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: February 2002
Total duration: 3 minutes 32 seconds

Cover artwork: Psyche Entering Cupidís Garden (1903) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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In summertime on Bredon  [3'32]

Reviews

'A persuasive case for the often sublime artistry of the humble parlour song … I found no trouble at all in listening to in continuously from start to finish. That no doubt has also much to do with the great gifts and skills of both artists' (Gramophone)

'Thomas Allen recalls happy evenings round the family piano and offers this well sung collection, which will strike a lost chord with many' (BBC Music Magazine)

'done stylishly … by a great singer with a gorgeous voice' (American Record Guide)

'I was amazed, listening to the rich warmth of Thomas Allen's voice, just how many of these songs I knew … Popular, enduring tunes encapsulating a golden era, honestly performed by one of the great baritones of our age' (Classic FM Magazine)

'recording and presentation are first rate … Strongly recommended' (MusicWeb International)

'There is a warm and intimate feeling about Allen’s treatment of these songs … Malcolm Martineau’s accompaniments are exemplary' (Opera News)

'our focus is on Allen’s strong, full-voiced renditions that rarely fail to ingratiate and impress … this is music for everyone' (ClassicsToday.com)
Albert Edward Housman was a leading British poet of his time, as well as an eminent classical scholar. He was born near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, and his poetry includes nostalgic evocations of the countryside near where he was brought up. ‘In Summertime on Bredon’, evoking the hill of that name, comes from the celebrated cycle A Shropshire Lad. The setting here is by Gerald Graham Peel, who composed over a hundred songs and made something of a speciality of Housman settings.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2002

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