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Track(s) taken from CDA67813

Love went a-riding

composer
5 May 1914
author of text

Christine Brewer (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: December 2009
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: March 2011
Total duration: 1 minutes 54 seconds

Cover artwork: The Celebrated (1906) by Joseph Marius Avy (1871-1939)
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Love went a-riding  [1'54]

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Janice Watson (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano)

Reviews

'Unlike many dramatic sopranos, Brewer here demonstrates a clarity of enunciation and a variety of tone that suits this lighter material … extracts from musicals by Romberg and Bernstein are frankly yet enjoyably sentimental. Irresistible' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Vignoles flickers through the rippling piano part of Frank La Forge's Hills before changing to a slower, more emphatic injection in the last stanza. This is a fine song, delivered by Brewer with strong voice and the fervour of longing … Brewer's own [encore], Review has the final word. To Vignoles's spirited playing, Brewer brings variety to the descriptions of Miss Sadabelle Smith's performance … it's fun and provides a final encore for which it was worth staying till the end' (International Record Review)
Love went a-riding really does show a new approach, the composer taking the poem by the scruff of the neck and producing an exciting show-piece requiring great ability on the part of both singer and pianist. It is not surprising that this is the composer’s best-known song, since once heard it can hardly be forgotten. It is not typical of Bridge’s work, and many of his songs, for instance the previous Mary Coleridge setting, might well be thought of higher artistic quality.

from notes by Michael Pilkington © 1997

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