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Lord Byron and the maid of Athens by Sir William Allen (1782-1850)
Roy Miles Gallery, 29 Bruton Steet, London W1
Track(s) taken from CDA66801/2
Recording details: May 1993
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Keith Warren
Release date: October 1993
Total duration: 1 minutes 54 seconds

'Exemplary … enchanting … ravishingly sung' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Superb … perfection … Best of the year' (The Sunday Times)

'Uniformement exquis' (Répertoire, France)

'C'est remarquable. Un coffret qui devient un événement' (Compact, France)

'Un stupendo doble compacto' (CD Compact, Spain)

First line:
I know a maiden fair to see
1871; also set to French words as Prends garde!
author of text
translated from Hüt du dich in Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Gounod seems to have been very taken by the poetry of the American Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Following their legal tussle with the composer the publishers Novello allowed Gounod’s one such setting, Beware!, a translation from the German, to go out of print; it re-surfaced as Prends garde! in the third Choudens collection and has there remained. The miniature warning fanfares and the subtlety of the word-setting (which is more obvious in the original English than in Barbier’s translation) make a good case for the song’s rescue and repatriation.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1993

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