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O Waly, Waly

First line:
The water is wide, I cannot get o'er
The British Isles: Vol 3 No 6
author of text
A Somerset folk song

Britten began arranging folksongs for his wartime recitals with Pears. The first volume was published in 1943 and all of the seven settings in it are dedicated to friends he and Pears had made in America. Down by the Salley Gardens is dedicated to Clytie Hine Mundy, Pears’s singing teacher in the United States. It is an Irish folksong, with words by W B Yeats. Britten’s setting is simple and understated, with the subtlest of harmonic touches conveying the folly of youth with touching pathos.

from notes by John Evans 1986


Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements
CDA66941/22CDs Archive Service
Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words
CDH55067Archive Service
Romantic Residues


Track 12 on CDA67725 [3'46]
Track 12 on CDH55067 [3'37] Archive Service
Track 21 on CDA66941/2 CD1 [3'45] 2CDs Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66209 track 12

Recording date
6 July 1985
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words (CDA66209)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: February 1990
    Deletion date: June 2001
    Superseded by CDH55067
  2. Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words (CDH55067)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: June 2001
    Deletion date: November 2015
    Archive Service
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