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Hyperion Records

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Alby, Norfolk by John Middleton (1827-1856)
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Track(s) taken from CDD22071
Recording details: January 1997
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 3 minutes 35 seconds

'These two CDs, finely recorded and thoughtfully presented, are a most timely and valuable addition to the catalogue' (Gramophone)

'This fine collection of settings by poets as diverse as Herrick, Heine and Tagore is full of surprises and beautifully performed by all, especially pianist Roger Vignoles' (The Observer)

'Prepared and performed with the care and conviction for which Hyperion is famous. Those who simply love vocal recitals will find plenty of enjoyment in these well-documented discs, as well as a further revelation of the wealth of 'English Renaissance' contributions to art song. Distinguished performances of little-known but substantial, and often impressive, repertoire' (Classic CD)

'Another superb collection of songs' (Financial Times)

Come to me in my dreams
composer
November 1906
author of text

Introduction
Come to me in my dreams is the first of several poems by Matthew Arnold set by Bridge. The poem was probably written in the autumn of 1850; in that summer Arnold had seen his engagement to his future wife Frances Lucy Wightman forbidden by her father and they were only able to renew their correspondence at the end of the year. This implies more sincerity in the poem than some critics have allowed, and Bridge has made a convincing romantic song out of it.

from notes by Michael Pilkington 1997

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