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Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare

premiered in 1999
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Having admired jazz legend George Shearing from afar for many years—coincidentally, we were both born in London but have spent much of our working lives in America—I was delighted to get to know him personally during the 1990s, at a time when his growing interest in choral music had already found expression in Music to Hear (1985), a cycle of Shakespeare settings for choir, piano, and double bass. Thanks to a commission from Jeffrey Hunt and his Mostly Madrigal Singers in Illinois, George was spurred on to write a second Shakespeare cycle, Songs and Sonnets, which they premièred in 1999, with the composer at the piano, Neil Swainson playing bass, and myself guest-conducting. I instantly fell in love with the music—so fresh and youthful, so witty, tender and varied.

from notes by John Rutter © 2001


Rutter: Feel the Spirit & Birthday Madrigals
CSCD523Download only


No 1: Live with me and be my love
Track 8 on CSCD523 [3'00] Download only
No 2: When daffodils begin to peer
Track 9 on CSCD523 [1'46] Download only
No 3: It was a lover and his lass
Track 10 on CSCD523 [2'10] Download only
No 4: Spring  When daisies pied and violets blue
Track 11 on CSCD523 [2'32] Download only
No 5: Who is Silvia
Track 12 on CSCD523 [4'58] Download only
No 6: Fie on sinful fantasy
Track 13 on CSCD523 [1'00] Download only
No 7: Hey, ho, the wind and the rain  When that I was and a little tiny boy
Track 14 on CSCD523 [2'18] Download only

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