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Windy Day near Blainville by Rosemary Hunt (1937-2003)
Reproduced by kind permission of Richard Townley
Track(s) taken from CDA67725
Recording details: November 2007
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: August 2008
Total duration: 2 minutes 51 seconds

'These are attractive works … the resources of voice and instruments are imaginatively exploited. And the performances are excellent. On the Hyperion disc Roth shares with Britten, Ravel and others, the whole working together as an unusual and delightful programme … Alison Nicholls, the fine harpist, writes informative notes for Hyperion' (Gramophone)

'Beautifully played here by Alison Nicholls. Gilchrist sounds quite at home in the Welsh songs … an interesting and intelligent singer, well served by his distinguished accompanists' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The balance between voice and instruments is good, and Gilchrist's recorded voice is present but not too close. Because of its instrumentation and the interesting choice of music, this recital is slightly off the beaten track in a very pleasant way, and listeners whose CD collections already traverse the high road of song literature will find this a worthwhile and enjoyable byway' (International Record Review)

'This wistful Anglo-French programme from the tenor James Gilchrist and the harpist Alison Nicholls offers tracks to savour … the Britten folk-song settings should never die' (The Times)

'James Gilchrist is one of the most expressive tenors of the day, his timbre soft-grained, his diction, immaculate, his lack of mannerism gratifying and his choice of repertory, on this disc of songs and song cycles with harp, interesting. Roth's Romantic Residues … is a setting of deft, touching verses by Vikram Seth, and a wonderful vehicle for Gilchrist's intimate eloquence. That quality is never more searching than in four Britten folk-song arrangements' (The Sunday Times)

'Roth has an ear for gracious, melodic vocal writing and his style is impressively cool and simple … Ravel's gorgeous Five Popular Greek Melodies … give a sense of Gilchrist's wide-ranging artistry, and also show what an excellent performer and accompanist Nicholls is on the harp' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Here's a refreshing summer issue. Tenor James Gilchrist, harpist Alison Nicholls and flautist Jaime Martin present a cocktail that has all the cool, clean refreshment of a glass of Pimms … Ravel's Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques, whose final brief 'Tout gai!' issues a warm, seasonal frisson' (The Scotsman)

David of the White Rock
First line:
Cariwch, medd Dafydd, Fy nhelun i mi 'Bring me my harp'
composer
Dafydd y Garreg Wen; melody first published in Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards, 1784
arranger
Eight Folk Song Arrangements with Harp: No 6; 1976
author of text
verses 1 & 3
author of text
verse 2

Other recordings available for download
Jamie MacDougall (tenor), Bryn Lewis (harp)

Other albums featuring this work
'Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements' (CDA66941/2)
Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements

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