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Track(s) taken from CDA67830

Lord Randall

First line:
O where hae ye been, Lord Randall, my son?
Anglo-Scottish border ballad
author of text
possibly based on the story of Randolph, 6th Earl of Chester (d1232)

Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)
Recording details: February 2010
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 2011
Total duration: 5 minutes 23 seconds

Cover artwork: La belle dame sans merci by Sir Frank Dicksee (1853-1928)
© Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery / Bridgeman Images


‘Finley, who has one of those exquisite voices that could make poetry of the telephone directory, vividly characterises the words without recourse to the exaggerated enunciation … Drake uses all the colouristic forces he can command with wit (The Flea), bravura (Erlkönig and Wolf's spellbinding Der Feurreiter) and imagination (Loewe's Die wandelnde Glocke). As these pages have said before, it's a great partnership’ (Gramophone)

‘A new idea for the anthology disc: here is Gerald Finley, in his vocal prime, as balladeer—telling tales of misadventure and gothic horror … Finley is a fine tale-teller. In Loewe, he sounds as though he's singing just for you, the listener, so rapt and intense is his communication’ (BBC Music Magazine)

‘Drake's playing has successfully suited the varied repertoire. Finley has enthralled with his interpretations and delighted with his singing purely as singing, combining the two expertly. If I were a reviewer who seems to think that it is mandatory to nominate a CD as outstanding each month I might consider proposing this well-recorded issue’ (International Record Review)

‘Listen to these wonderfully melodramatic, mostly Victorian ballads by candlelight in a haunted house … performances full of raging fortissimos and ghoulish tremolandos from Finley and his pianist Julius Drake’ (The Times)
One possible source for the dying hero of the ancient Anglo-Scottish border ballad Lord Randall, cast (like Loewe’s Edward) as a dialogue between mother and son, is Randolph, 6th Earl of Chester (d 1232). His murderer may have been his lover, his wife, or, as one Scottish source has it, a disguised fairy who had lured him when he stumbled by accident into the sacred greenwood. Cyril Scott’s 1926 arrangement vividly dramatizes the traditional tune, with sweetly curdled harmonies to suggest the venom seeping through Lord Randall’s veins (‘O I fear ye are poisoned’), and acrid dissonances at the climax as he bequeaths a ‘rope from hell’ to his ‘true love’.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

Le héros agonisant de l’ancienne ballade anglo-écossaise Lord Randall, coulée (comme Edward de Loewe) en un dialogue mère/fils, s’inspira peut-être de Randolph, sixième comte de Chester, assassiné en 1232 soit par son amante, soit par sa femme, soit encore, selon une source écossaise, par une fée travestie qui l’attira au moment où il trébucha accidentellement dans la verdoyante forêt sacrée. L’arrangement réalisé par Cyril Scott en 1926 dramatise avec éclat la mélodie traditionnelle: des harmonies doucement glaçantes suggèrent le venin qui s’insinue dans les veines de Lord Randall («O I fear ye are poisoned») et le climax est marqué d’âcres dissonances, quand le héros lègue une «corde de l’enfer» à son «véritable amour».

extrait des notes rédigées par Richard Wigmore © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Eine mögliche Quelle für den sterbenden Helden der alten Ballade Lord Randall, die an der englisch-schottischen Grenze spielt und (ebenso wie Loewes Edward) als Dialog zwischen Mutter und Sohn konzipiert ist, ist Randolph, der 6. Graf von Chester (der im Jahr 1232 starb). Sein Mörder, beziehungsweise seine Mörderin, könnte seine Geliebte, seine Ehefrau oder, einer schottischen Quelle zufolge, eine verkleidete Fee gewesen sein, die ihn anlockte, als er aus Versehen in den heiligen grünen Wald gelangt war. In Cyril Scotts Arrangement von 1926 wird die traditionelle Melodie anschaulich dramatisiert, wobei bittersüße Harmonien das Gift andeuten, das durch die Adern Lord Randalls fließt („O I fear ye are poisoned“) und beißende Dissonanzen beim Höhepunkt erklingen, wenn er seiner „wahren Liebe“ eine „Henkerschlinge“ hinterlässt.

aus dem Begleittext von Richard Wigmore © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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