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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: 1 minutes 52 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)

Mantle of blue
First line:
O, men from the fields!
composer
March 1918
author of text

Introduction
Mantle of blue is a setting of the well-known poem by Padraic Colum. It is strongly atmospheric, and more interesting if less immediately attractive than the setting by Herbert Hughes published in 1915. In a radio interview the poet was asked about the subject of the poem—whether or not the child is supposed to be dying—he answered that when he wrote it it was intended to be a simple lullaby, but that now he was not so sure!

from notes by Michael Pilkington 1997

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