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Track(s) taken from CDA67261/2

Bed in summer

published 1915
author of text

Lisa Milne (soprano), 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 13 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)
Bed in Summer was written just before the outbreak of The Great War and published in 1915. Ireland's simple setting, with it's hopalong dotted triplet rhythm, catches delightfully the mood of an infant tantrum over bedtime schedules as caught in the accurately observed (!) poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. The child's confusion and resentment are all down to changes in daylight hours with the seasons.

The period from the latter part of The Great War to 1921 was the most fertile of Ireland's career as far as songs are concerned. Clearly there are those which reflect the composer's horror at the conflict, especially poignant for someone who was a lifelong pacifist. Among these are the two sets of Two Songs to poems by E T Cooper and Rupert Brooke respectively (not recorded here) which reflect the tragedy and futility of war. But paradoxically there are also songs of very different moods, conveying everything from a delight in nature and love to rollicking good humour.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999

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