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Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op 3 No 2

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from The Princess

 
Now sleeps the crimson petal has been a favourite among singers ever since its publication in 1904. It is a drawing-room song raised to a higher plane by its sensitivity to the words, resulting in flexible barring rarely seen at the time. It has been republished so many times that the revisions which took place have not been dated, and indeed may not have all been made at any one time. They are mostly minor alterations in the accompaniment, but there is one important change for the voice. Originally, as in this recording, Quilter wrote ‘slip into my’ to four semiquavers (ad lib); this was later changed to ‘into my’ to three triplet quavers. As so often when an artist returns to earlier work to improve it he in fact does more harm than good, and the original version of this song is without question better than the new one.

from notes by Michael Pilkington © 1996

Recordings

Bird Songs at Eventide
CDH55156Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I
Quilter: Songs
CDA66878
The Power of Love
CDA67888Composers of World War I
A Treasury of English Song
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP30Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Details

Track 13 on CDA67888 [2'24] Composers of World War I
Track 10 on CDH55156 [1'54] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I
Track 20 on CDA66878 [2'01]
Track 27 on HYP30 [2'01] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

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