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Track(s) taken from CDA67888

In youth is pleasure

First line:
In an arbour green asleep whereas I lay
author of text
from Lusty Juventus

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: December 2010
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: February 2012
Total duration: 2 minutes 29 seconds

Cover artwork: naturally evolving (2009) by Mark Coote (b1932)
Reproduced by kind permission of the artist

Ernest John Moeran (known as ‘Jack’) was an English composer of Anglo-Irish descent. He was a pupil of Ireland, a fan of Delius, and he once shared a house with Warlock at Eynsford—the influences of all these composers are to be heard in his vocal music. He set Shakespeare, Joyce and Seumas O’Sullivan with considerable success. In youth is pleasure (1925) is a setting of a lyric by Robert Wever (d?1565) from the play Lusty Juventus, a poem that was also set by Warlock, Gurney, Gibbs and Charles Wood. Moeran’s setting was a great favourite of Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten—it has a sinuous legato melody, bitter-sweet in its melancholic sensuality.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2012

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