Lights Out: English Art-Song
£6.99 – £9.50
The long and vibrant tradition of art-song in England has seen many great composers from Finzi to Vaughan Williams, Gurney to Moeran and Warlock and countless more, supported for many years now by the English Poetry and Song Society.
This is the fourth of four albums of live EPSS concert performances made by Dunelm for private use and now on general release due to demand; it contains works by major composers and several talented members of the EPSS, some of whom have recently become much better known and successful. Based around music by Ivor Gurney, E.J. Moeran and Sulyen Caradon, the recital is wide ranging and a fine demonstration of English art-song.
These EPSS recordings were made on portable recording equipment and with less than ideal microphone placement and are not to our usual modern standard. However they contain fine performances and many very unfamiliar and exquisite songs, which will delight any lover of late-Romantic vocal music.
- Birthday Song
- If music be the food of love
- The Dancer
- Loveliest of Trees
- Dorian Dirge
- Six Songs of Seamus O’Sullivan – No. 1 Evening
- Six Songs of Seamus O’Sullivan – No. 2 – Poplars
- Six Songs of Seamus O’Sullivan – No. 3 – A Cottager
- Six Songs of Seamus O’Sullivan – No. 4 – The Dustman
- Six Songs of Seamus O’Sullivan – No. 5 – Lullaby
- Six Songs of Seamus O’Sullivan – No. 6 – The Herdsman
- Salley Gardens
- All night under the moon
- Severn meadows
- None of the clock, O
- Little Vagabond
- The Smile
- Acacia Tree
- Margaret’s Song
- Lights Out – I. Scents
- Lights Out – II. Bright Clouds
- Lights Out – III. Penny Whistle
- Lights Out – IV. Will you come?
- Lights Out – V. Lights Out
- O Lovely England
If you have been waiting for this series to appear on disc, as I have, here is your chance. Those who have not yet caught the English art song bug may wish to explore elsewhere. But come back here for the rarities.” —Ronald E. Grames
This recording was made at a concert given in May 2003. The performances are worth preserving. . The diction of all is excellent—I didn’t need to consult the booklet very often to understand what was sung. Many of these songs are little known gems that aren’t heard on these shores very often, if at all.” —David Reynolds