An Irish Songbook

Iain Burnside and Ailish Tynan return to Signum with their second disc of Irish Songs and arrangements—this time from a range of different twentieth Century composers. Although all of the sung texts stem from Irelands rich heritage of literature (including poems from W.B. Yeats, Thomas Moore and James Joyce), the composers featured here have a more transatlantic feel, with works by John Cage and Samuel Barber programmed alongside others by Benjamin Britten and Herbert Hughes.

This disc continues Burnside’s series of recital discs with Signum—in particular his 2007 disc with Ailish Tynan of Irish songs by Herbert Hughes A Purse of Gold.

SIGCD239  62 minutes 33 seconds
'This is far from being a conventional Irish song collection … Aylish Tynan’s bright soprano, very well controlled with clean attack on high notes, is perhaps too little varied in tone for sustai ...
'The disc is full of interest. There are lovely, unknown tunes, seductively sung and hauntingly harmonised. It has pathos and wild joy in equal measure. An excellent recital' (Classic FM)