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Parry - 12 Sets of English Lyrics Vol.3

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Label: Somm

Cat No: SOMMCD272

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th November 2018

Contents

Works

Parry, Charles Hubert Hastings

English Lyrics Set 3 (6)
» 5. Through the Ivory Gate
English Lyrics Set 4 (6)
» 1. Thine eyes still shined for me
» 2. When lovers meet again
English Lyrics Set 5 (7)
» 1. A stray nymph of Dian
» 6. A girl to her glass
English Lyrics Set 6 (6)
» 4. A Lover's garland
» 5. At the hour the long day ends
English Lyrics Set 7 (6)
» 6. Sleep
English Lyrics Set 8 (6)
» 1. Whence
» 2. Nightfall in Winter
» 5. Looking backward
» 6. Grapes
English Lyrics Set 10 (6)
» 1. Mike heart is like a singing bird
» 3. A moment of farewell
» 4. The child and the twilight
» 5. From a city window
English Lyrics Set 11
» 1. One golden thread
» 3. The Spirit of the Spring
» 4. The Blackbird
» 5. The Faithful Lover
» 6. If I might ride on a puissant wing
» 8. She is my love beyond all thought
English Lyrics Set 12 (7)
» 1. When the dew is falling
» 4. When the Sun's Great Orb
» 7. The sound of hidden music

Artists

Sarah Fox (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Andrew West (piano)

Works

Parry, Charles Hubert Hastings

English Lyrics Set 3 (6)
» 5. Through the Ivory Gate
English Lyrics Set 4 (6)
» 1. Thine eyes still shined for me
» 2. When lovers meet again
English Lyrics Set 5 (7)
» 1. A stray nymph of Dian
» 6. A girl to her glass
English Lyrics Set 6 (6)
» 4. A Lover's garland
» 5. At the hour the long day ends
English Lyrics Set 7 (6)
» 6. Sleep
English Lyrics Set 8 (6)
» 1. Whence
» 2. Nightfall in Winter
» 5. Looking backward
» 6. Grapes
English Lyrics Set 10 (6)
» 1. Mike heart is like a singing bird
» 3. A moment of farewell
» 4. The child and the twilight
» 5. From a city window
English Lyrics Set 11
» 1. One golden thread
» 3. The Spirit of the Spring
» 4. The Blackbird
» 5. The Faithful Lover
» 6. If I might ride on a puissant wing
» 8. She is my love beyond all thought
English Lyrics Set 12 (7)
» 1. When the dew is falling
» 4. When the Sun's Great Orb
» 7. The sound of hidden music

Artists

Sarah Fox (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Andrew West (piano)

About

SOMM Recordings’ historic, enthusiastically reviewed survey of Sir Hubert Parry’s 12 Sets of English Lyrics reaches its end with a third revelatory volume.

Volume 3 features pianist Andrew West and baritone Roderick Williams (both heard on Volumes 1 and 2) and the return of soprano Sarah Fox (who appeared on Volume 2).

Composed between 1874 and shortly before Parry’s death in 1918, the English Lyrics come from a time of immense change as old certainties gave way to new complexity and a global war that would utterly change Britain’s standing in the world. Parry’s riposte was the English Lyrics: a defiant assertion that English poetry was the equal of Germany’s Lied and French mélodies and arguably created the template for the development of the emerging English art-song.

The texts of many of the 25 songs – including some of his finest – on this recording carry deeply personal meanings for Parry, his response to them as varied as mood dictates and all realised with consummate insight and craftsmanship.

Settings of AP Graves, Julia Chatterton and Julian Sturgis are to the fore, although lyrics by Herbert Warner and the American poets Ralph Waldo Emerson and Langdon Elwyn Mitchell are also to be heard in a spell-binding conclusion to an acclaimed series.

Parry’s only setting of Christina Rossetti, My heart is like a singing bird, is delightfully effusive, When the Sun’s Great Orb Wagner-like in its imagining of the end of days, The child and the twilight vividly full of night-time fears.

Reviewing Volume 1, BBC Music Magazine praised the “many pleasurable moments in this richly enjoyable CD” with Classical Ear summing it up as being “In a word: blissful”. Of Volume 2, Robert Hugill applauded “this enterprising and illuminating survey”, while MusicWeb International said: “Lovers of English songs, and Parry in particular, should be in their element with this satisfying album on Somm”.

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