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Hyperion Records

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Front illustration by Roland Piper (b?)
Track(s) taken from CDH55433
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 14 seconds

'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)

The love song of Har Dyal
First line:
Alone upon the housetops to the North
composer
No 11 of Kipling Settings
author of text

Introduction
The love song of Har Dyal is a setting of a three-stanza verse from the story ‘Beyond the Pale’ in Kipling’s Plain Tales from the Hills. A setting for voice and piano dates from 12 September 1901 whilst the version recorded here for soprano solo and ‘room-music’ accompaniment was not scored until 1 January 1958. In this beautiful setting Grainger manages to stun us with the rising motif to the words ‘Come back to me, Beloved, or I die!’ which on each repeat becomes more and more heartfelt.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould 1996

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