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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67115
Recording details: April 1999
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: March 2000
Total duration: 2 minutes 43 seconds

'Delightfully sung by Bott and Cornwell to a joyful accompaniment' (Gramophone)

'Stylish interpretations … elegantly shaped wind playing by The Parley of Instruments … the disc provides valuable insight into early 18th century music and national identity.' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A winning disc' (The Independent)

The performances share the brio and stylishness we associate with Holman’s Parley of Instruments team … this is a delightful mélange of Georgian Britishness in its different moods.' (International Record Review)

'The Parley are on delightfully relaxed form, Holman’s direction unfailingly strikes the right note, and the singing exudes encore freshness. A winning collection all round' (Classic CD)

'A smashing disc' (Classic FM Magazine)

'This is one of those rare collections in which every one of its 16 pieces is a gem' (Fanfare, USA)

The Lass of Richmond Hill
First line:
On Richmond Hill there lives a lass
composer
1789
author of text

Introduction
A way of celebrating national identity was to place a love-story in a picturesque British rural setting. The most famous song of this type is James Hook’s The Lass of Richmond Hill, published in 1789 and said to have been sung by James Incledon (1763-1829) at Vauxhall Gardens. Its delightful orchestral setting features viola obbligato with pairs of flutes and horns supported by pizzicato violins and basses.

from notes by Peter Holman 2000

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