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Track(s) taken from CDA67261/2

Tutto è sciolto

1932; Ireland's contribution to 'The Joce Book'
author of text

Christopher Maltman (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: September 1998
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Mike Clements & Mike Hatch
Release date: June 1999
Total duration: 1 minutes 52 seconds

Other recordings available for download

Ailish Tynan (soprano), Iain Burnside (piano)


'Perhaps these discs will at last bring the best of his songs back into live recital' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Three excellent young British singers share the treasures recorded here under the sage aegis of Graham Johnson. Lisa Milne's bright, keen soprano is lovely, John Mark Ainsley is a model of style and verbal clarity and young Christopher Maltman continues to show the promise that won him the Cardiff Lieder Prize in 1997' (The Sunday Times)

'A welcome, long overdue event. Excellent introduction to unduly neglected repertoire' (Classic CD)

'Ireland was a songsmith to rival the finest this country has produced, and Hyperion's generous anthology will hopefully encourage others to explore this rewarding and rapt repertoire' (Hi-Fi News)
Tutto è sciolto (1932) was Ireland's contribution to 'The Joyce Book' in which thirteen different composers set poems from James Joyce's collection Pomes Penyeach. Among the other contributors were Herbert Howells, Arthur Bliss, E J Moeran, Roger Sessions and Albert Roussel. The book was edited by Herbert Hughes, who also composed a setting. The title of Joyce's poem Tutto è sciolto, as Ireland noted in lines attached to his song, derives from Elvino's lament over his bride Amina's apparent infidelity at the beginning of the second act of Bellini's opera La Sonnambula, to which several allusions are made in Joyce's Ulysses. Joyce's poem is a twilight reflection on lost romantic opportunities, to which Ireland responds with music of subtle, if chromatic, tenderness, while making no musical reference to the Bellini aria.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999

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An Irish Songbook
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