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Track(s) taken from CDA67123

The little red lark

First line:
Oh swan of slenderness, dove of tenderness
composer
1882 from 'Fifty Songs of Old Ireland'
author of text

Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Clifford Benson (piano)
Recording details: January 1999
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: March 2000
Total duration: 1 minutes 46 seconds
 
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Reviews

'Sung with exceptional sensitivity and intelligence…a pleasure to listen to.' (Gramophone)

'No praise can be too high for Stephen Varcoe … his warm, natural baritone, finely judged legato and sensitivity to words are a joy throughout.' (International Record Review)

'A beautiful release' (American Record Guide)

'Warmly recommended' (Classic CD)
Almost universal was The Little Red Lark which exemplifies that quintessential feature of Irish melody, the short upward scale followed by (a) a large intervallic leap upward and (b) an immediate descent.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 2000

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