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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: 1 minutes 17 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)

The boat is chafing
composer
1920
author of text
from Scaramouch in Naxos

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Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Introduction
The boat is chafing (1920) is taken from the ‘pantomime’ entitled Scaramouch in Naxos by the Scottish playwright and translator John Davidson (1857–1909). His plays were published in 1894 with a frontispiece by Aubrey Beardsley. Perhaps when Gurney composed this song about setting off in a boat for ‘a land unknown’ he was aware that Davidson, impoverished and mentally ill at the end of his life, had committed suicide by drowning himself at sea at Penzance.

from notes by Graham Johnson 2012


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