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naturally evolving (2009) by Mark Coote (b1932)
Reproduced by kind permission of the artist
Track(s) taken from CDA67888
Recording details: December 2010
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: February 2012
Total duration: 1 minutes 59 seconds

Take, O take those lips away
composer
1918
author of text
Measure for Measure IV:i

Other recordings available for download
John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
Introduction
The composer’s real name was Philip Heseltine. It was once fashionable (but is now considered simplistic) to explain away his suicide as a split-personality clash between the critic and scholar Heseltine and the hard-drinking, obstreperous creative genius Warlock. The truth was probably less dramatic: he was a highly emotional figure who felt musically constrained, and enormously frustrated, by being artistically imprisoned within song miniatures, but who lacked the technical ability to express himself in grander structures. Within the field of English song, however, he stands as one of the uncontested masters.

Take, O take those lips away (Shakespeare) is his second setting of those words (1918, the first had been part of his little cycle Saudades, influenced by the wayward chromaticism of the Dutch composer Bernard Van Dieren). The accompaniment suggests the string-quartet layout which is indeed an alternative accompaniment for this song.

from notes by Graham Johnson 2012


Other albums featuring this work
'Warlock: The Curlew, Capriol, Serenade & Songs' (CDA66938)
Warlock: The Curlew, Capriol, Serenade & Songs
'Warlock: Songs' (CDH55442)
Warlock: Songs
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55442  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  

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