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Track(s) taken from CDA67060

Dreams of Derry

Londonderry Air

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: March 1998
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: July 1998
Total duration: 3 minutes 43 seconds


'Imaculate playing, and persuasive advocacy of much bleeding-heart repertory' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Brilliantly played by this much-feted player' (Choir & Organ)

'Bask in the warm glow that permeates this recital, recorded in a perfect setting' (Classic CD)
Described by Parry as ‘the most beautiful tune in the world’, the traditional ‘Londonderry Air’ first appeared in print in the middle of the nineteenth century. The words most often associated with it, ‘O Danny boy’, are the work of Frederick E Weatherly. Paul Spicer has arranged it as Dreams of Derry specially for this recording, giving full range to his harmonic imagination. At one point the score is marked ‘louden lots’ in homage to an earlier arranger, Percy Grainger.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1998

Décrit par Parry comme «la plus magnifique mélodie au monde», le traditionnel «Londonderry Air» fut publié pour la première fois au milieu du XIXe siècle. Les paroles qui lui sont le plus souvent associées, «O Danny boy», sont de Frederick E. Weatherly. Paul Spicer l’a arrangé sous le titre de Dreams of Derry expressément pour cet enregistrement, donnant toute la mesure de son imagination harmonique. À un endroit, la partition est marquée «louden lots» en hommage à un arrangeur antérieur, Percy Grainger.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Westrop © 1998
Français: Hypérion

Das Volkslied ‘Londonderry Air’, das Parry einmal als ‘die allerschönste Melodie der Welt’ bezeichnete, erschien erstmals in gedruckter Form Mitte des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts. Der wohl bekannteste Text zu diesem Stück, ‘O Danny boy’, ist das Werk von Frederick E. Weatherley. Paul Spicer hat es unter dem Titel Dreams of Derry eigens für diese Aufnahme bearbeitet, und läßt dabei seiner harmonischen Phantasie freien Lauf. An einer Stelle ist die Partitur als Würdigung an Percy Grainger, der das Stück zu einem früheren Zeitpunkt bearbeitete, mit ‘louden lots’ gekennzeichnet.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1998
Deutsch: Michael Stoffl

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