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Three Belloc songs

author of text
No 3: from The Four Men

The night and My own country (both 1926) were two of a group of three settings by Hilaire Belloc, a one-time Liberal MP, prolific essayist on social, political and religious topics, and versatile poet. My own country is an example of that simple strophic design that Warlock so often essayed, given breadth and fluidity by its flowing, ever-changing phraseology and subtle modulation. The night, also strophic, recalls the variegational techniques of Lilligay in its constant harmonic amplification which in turn provides a more sinister overtone to the setting’s prayerful atmosphere.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 2001


Warlock: Songs
On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service
The Frostbound Wood – other songs
SIGCD161Download only
The Power of Love
A Treasury of English Song
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP30Super-budget price sampler — Deleted


No 1: Ha'nacker Mill  Sally is gone that was so kindly
Track 25 on CDH55442 [2'40]
No 2: The night  Most Holy Night, that still dost keep
Track 2 on CDA67227 [1'53] Archive Service
Track 20 on CDA67888 [2'11]
Track 26 on CDH55442 [2'06]
Track 26 on SIGCD161 [2'05] Download only
No 3: My own country  I shall go without companions
Track 1 on CDA67227 [2'15] Archive Service
Track 27 on CDH55442 [2'33]
Track 7 on SIGCD161 [2'16] Download only
Track 25 on HYP30 [2'15] Super-budget price sampler Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA67227 track 1

My own country
Recording date
17 August 2000
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. On this Island (CDA67227)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: May 2001
    Deletion date: September 2006
    Archive Service
  2. A Treasury of English Song (HYP30)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: April 2004
    Deletion date: November 2011
    Super-budget price sampler Deleted
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