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Psyche Entering Cupidís Garden (1903) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67290
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 15 seconds

'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' (

Till the boys come home 'Keep the home fires burning'
First line:
They were summoned from the hillside
author of text

Better known as ‘Keep the home fires burning’, this song was the first big success of Cardiff-born future matinée idol and composer of hugely popular romantic musicals, Ivor Novello. It proved a rallying song for troops sent abroad to the battlefields of World War I. Poignantly, the words were by American journalist and poetess Lena Guilbert Ford, who lost her life in March 1918 when a Zeppelin airship dropped a bomb on her home in Maida Vale, London.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2002

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