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The land of lost content

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Ireland returned to Housman in 1920/21 for the song-cycle The Land of Lost Content, one of the more searching examinations of the full emotional depth of Housman's Shropshire Lad poems, with their heady sense of loss, fatalism and nostalgia. Significantly perhaps, the title of Ireland's cycle was culled from a Shropshire Lad poem ('If truth in hearts that perish') which he in fact didn't set—suggesting the words had special significance to him. The cycle was written for the ténor Gervase Elwes who was unfortunately killed by a train before the first performance took place. This collection contains only the second song in the cycle, Ladslove, with its musing on the story of Narcissus, the Greek youth who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


Housman: A Shropshire Lad
CDD220442CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Ireland: Songs


No 1: The Lent Lily  'Tis spring; come out to ramble
Track 30 on CDD22044 CD1 [2'34] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 2: Ladslove
Track 6 on CDA67261/2 CD2 [2'19] 2CDs
No 3: Goal and wicket  Twice a week the winter through
Track 18 on CDD22044 CD1 [1'09] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 4: The vain desire  If truth in hearts that perish
Track 2 on CDD22044 CD2 [2'28] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 5: The Encounter  The street sounds to the soldiers' tread
Track 23 on CDD22044 CD1 [1'19] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 6: Epilogue  You smile upon your friend today
Track 28 on CDD22044 CD2 [1'34] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Track-specific metadata for CDA67261/2 disc 2 track 6

Recording date
1 September 1998
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Mike Clements & Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Ireland: Songs (CDA67261/2)
    Disc 2 Track 6
    Release date: June 1999
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