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Track(s) taken from CDH55433

Lord Maxwell's goodnight

First line:
Adieu, Madame, my mother dear, but and my sisters three, O!
composer
1912; No 42 of British Folk-Music Settings
arranger
author of text
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, with the second half of the text added by Grainger

John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: January 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 1996
Total duration: 2 minutes 48 seconds

Cover artwork: Front illustration by Roland Piper (b?)
 
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Reviews

'This disc offers a sympathetic, endearing portrait of a composer too often valued for his wackiness and eccentricity alone' (Classic CD)

'Unquestionably an important and relishable release' (Hi-Fi News)

'A capella singing at its very finest' (Soundscapes, Australia)

'Ce superbe album vient confirmer l'extraordinaire intuition de Grainger pour l'écriture chorale. La perfection des solistes, des choeurs et des ensembles instrumentaux permet d'apprécier dans ces moindres nuances le sauvage raffinement de Grainger' (Diapason, France)
Lord Maxwell’s goodnight is an by David Tall. The words for the first half of the tune (bars 1–8) are from Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, those for the second (bars 9–16) were added by Grainger. The first setting of this work dates from 1904 when the twenty-two-year-old Grainger scored it for solo male voice and strings. But it was Grainger’s habit to lay aside his manuscripts for mature reflection and, in 1912, a new setting was made for solo male voice, six solo strings and string orchestra. Not being satisfied he returned to the 1904 setting at the age of seventy-six, casting it for voice and piano and giving it his final blessing as BFMS Number 42: the version which forms the basis of this arrangement for tenor solo and male voices.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould 1996

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