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The Sleeping Shepherd, Morning (1857) by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881)
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Track(s) taken from CDA66938
Recording details: April 1997
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: October 1997
Total duration: 1 minutes 48 seconds

'Much of the best of Warlock is here. As usual, Hyperion's presentation is first-rate' (Gramophone)

'Superbly evocative' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Breathtakingly played and sung' (The Observer)

'A highly desirable issue. Beautiful sound throughout. Very much recommended' (Hi-Fi News)

'A delightful collection' (Birmingham Post)

'Another winner from Hyperion' (Manchester Evening News)

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

Other recordings available for download
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (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


Other albums featuring this work
'The Power of Love' (CDA67888)
The Power of Love
MP3 £6.40FLAC £6.40ALAC £6.40Buy by post £8.40 CDA67888  Composers of World War I  
'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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