Osian Ellis: Songs With Harp | Australian Eloquence ELQ4807400

Osian Ellis: Songs With Harp

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4807400

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 23rd March 2015



'Wales is rich in folk songs, and the art of singing these songs is very much alive today', writes Osian Ellis in the original note (reprinted in the CD booklet) accompanying this L'Oiseau-Lyre LP. Renowned for his harpistry and to many through his recordings of music by Benjamin Britten (with whom he worked closely), this extremely rare recording, made for L'Oiseau-Lyre in 1961, here receives its first release on CD.

What makes it even more of a collector's item is the fact that Ellis is both singer and harpist on this recording. It ranges from Baroque songs to music from the nineteenth century (Boughton's once-popular Faery Song) to folk songs from Wales, and includes a composition ('O mistress mine') by Ellis himself.

[the songs are] launched and sustained with arresting expressiveness. [] The whole gamut of moods in the Welsh songs is found to be more artfully arranged when one has played it through several times. I found many of the songs, unfamiliar at first, growing on me as I repeated them. [] I found the recording easy and realistic and enjoyable. - Gramophone (April 1962)

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