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Track(s) taken from CDA67261/2

Three Songs to poems by Thomas Hardy

First line:
I sang that song on Sunday
author of text

Lisa Milne (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone)
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: 7 minutes 4 seconds


'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)
For all the apparent lightness of the setting, coloured by a gentle melancholy, Summer Schemes as a poem carries the very hallmark of fatalism, personal insecurity, fear of commitment to the future. There may be feverish excitement at making plans for exploring the world of nature once summer comes, 'but who shall say what may not chance before that day'. In Her Song, the female voice tells of how a favourite song served her through bright and despairing days. In the simple, mildly chromatic accompaniment Ireland demonstrates once again that less is sometimes more. Weathers dances along in a jaunty triplet rhythm marked 'Allegretto pastorale', the song simply contrasting fair weather and foul.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999

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