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Track(s) taken from CDH55442

Take, O take those lips away

composer
1918
author of text
Measure for Measure IV:i

John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: September 1994
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1994
Total duration: 1 minutes 57 seconds

Cover artwork: Yorkshire Fells by Peter de Wint (1784-1849)
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
 
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Take, O take those lips away  [1'57]

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Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
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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

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