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The last rose of summer

First line:
'Tis the last rose of summer
traditional Irish, 'The groves of Blarney'
author of text

The air Groves of Blarney was transcribed by Edward Bunting in 1792, and its publication inspired Thomas Moore’s poem The last rose of summer, to which it is now indissolubly wedded. Charles Villiers Stanford considered that the tune had suffered grievously in the process and did his best to make amends, but complained that it was now ‘so well known in its corrupt version that it is hopeless to restore it completely’. It has nonetheless proved exceptionally popular: Beethoven made two arrangements of the melody, which was also transformed into a fantasia for piano by Mendelssohn, shoehorned into Flotow’s opera Martha as a showpiece, and adapted by several 20th-century composers.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019


The last rose of summer
Studio Master: SIGCD598Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on SIGCD598 [3'57] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD598 track 2

Recording date
28 September 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew Bennett
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell
Hyperion usage
  1. The last rose of summer (SIGCD598)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 2019
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