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O waly, waly

First line:
The water is wide, I cannot get o’er
traditional Scottish
author of text
Somerset folk song

O waly waly was collected by Sharp in Somerset in 1916, who noted five variants, but words and music have now coalesced into perhaps the most beautiful of all folksongs. Richard Bannan’s luminous setting blossoms with a magical key-change at the climax before sinking to quietude.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019


Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements
CDA66941/22CDs Archive Service
Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words
CDH55067Archive Service
Romantic Residues
The last rose of summer
Studio Master: SIGCD598Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Silken Tent
SIGCD826Download only


Track 21 on CDA66941/2 CD1 [3'45] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 12 on CDA67725 [3'46]
Track 12 on CDH55067 [3'37] Archive Service
Track 19 on SIGCD598 [3'23] Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD826 [4'05] Download only

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