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Track(s) taken from CDA66920

These, my Ophelia

composer
1935
author of text

Robert White (tenor), Samuel Sanders (piano)
Recording details: July 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: April 1997
Total duration: 2 minutes 6 seconds
 

Reviews

'This is a very charming record' (Gramophone)

'A delightful, imaginatively wide-ranging anthology. A most enjoyable entertainment as well as a true voyage of discovery' (Hi-Fi News)

'I felt as if I was discovering these songs for the first time' (Soundscapes, Australia)
The 1935 These, my Ophelia is worlds away in feeling and harmonic language from Theodore Chanler’s other song The Children. This Chanler song, with its modern, polytonal texture and frequent changes of metre, seems to mirror Ophelia’s deranged state of mind. I find the final melismatic ‘Ah’ at the end of the piece to be one of the saddest moments in song. It is an extraordinary work to sing.

from notes by Robert White 1997

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