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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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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.
On Richmond Hill there lives a lass
More bright than May Day morn,
Whose charms all other maids surpass,
A rose without a thorn. This lass so neat with smiles so sweet
Has won my right good will;
I’d crowns resign to call thee mine,
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill.
Ye Zephyrs gay that fan the air
And wanton through the grove,
Oh whisper to my charming fair,
I die for her and love. This lass so neat …
How happy will the shepherd be
Who calls this nymph his own,
O may her choice be fixed on me,
Mine’s fixed on her alone. This lass so neat …