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Track(s) taken from CKD335

The crimson rose

First line:
God set a crimson rose upon your mouth
author of text

James Gilchrist (tenor), David Owen Norris (piano)
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Recording details: May 2008
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Produced by Bill Lloyd
Engineered by Matt Parkin
Release date: May 2009
Total duration: 1 minutes 47 seconds


'Your heart doesn't necessarily leap when a scholar announces the discovery of four dozen baroque flute sonatas by someone with a name like Vaporetto. Legions of neglected composers await rediscovery. But on rare occasions, the 'lost' talent is real, the pleasure of stumbling across a new body of work exciting and lasting. This is so with Muriel Herbert (1897-1984), brought back to life in this collection of her art songs and performed here by a superb trio of musicians' (The Observer)» More

'Muriel Herbert (1897-1984) does not get a mention in the latest edition of Grove's Dictionary, but on the evidence of the 36 songs on this disc she deserves a place on the list of significant British songwriters between the two world wars. Herbert had studied at the Royal College of Music with Stanford. Her early songs were much admired by Roger Quilter, who arranged for a number of them to be published. But after her death they were forgotten until her daughter, the critic and biographer Claire Tomalin, rediscovered the manuscripts among her mother's papers. This disc is the result, beautifully sung by Ailish Tynan and James Gilchrist. It shows that Herbert's literary taste was as discriminating as her music; the settings here range from medieval lyrics to James Joyce, as well as the inevitable Housman and Hardy. If her music is innately conservative, her harmonic palette and melodic invention are individual; these songs linger in the memory' (The Guardian)

'To my shame I do not remember hearing any songs by Muriel Herbert (1897-1984), but it is perhaps the shame of others that they have been neglected. This CD from Linn, consisting of 36 of her compositions, makes some amends … these songs by Muriel Herbert may not match the best of her contemporaries Warlock and Finzi but they do not deserve neglect' (International Record Review)» More

'The long-forgotten composer Muriel Herbert was the mother of author Claire Tomalin, whose introduction tells a deeply affecting story. Herbert, who studied with Charles Stanford at the time of the First World War, was a gifted musician; her vivid personal voice responds to fine poetry—Housman, Hardy, Joyce (who said that her song was better than his words)—with passion and sensitivity. But her talent was eventually crushed by domestic drudgery and the unforgiving shifts of style in the musical world. Tynan, Gilchrist and Norris bring her beautiful songs back to life with ardour and dedication. Highly recommended' (Classic FM Magazine)

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