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Yorkshire Fells by Peter de Wint (1784-1849)
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Track(s) taken from CDH55442
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

'Singer and song are ideally matched, pianist and piano part likewise, and the shade of Philip Heseltine should gain contentment' (Gramophone)

'Whether you collect tenors, English music or simply good singing, don't be without this' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is surely one of the best representations of Warlock on records' (American Record Guide)

'Enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

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), The Nash Ensemble
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
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


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