Peter Warlock: Collected 78rpm recordings (2CD)


Catalogue No: DDH 27811
EAN/UPC: 809730781124
Release Date: October 2009
Genres: , ,
Discs: 2
Total Playing Time: 144:07

Philip Heseltine, aka Peter Warlock, was an enigma in many ways – song-writing and arranging genius; fine orchestrator – but also a political animal, bon-viveur and ultimately a self-absorbed depressive who took his own life. This 2 CD set comprises (with one exception) all the recordings of Warlock’s work issued on standard-groove records, between 1925 and 1951 – all lovingly collected by the late John Bishop, stalwart of the Peter Warlock Society, which has generously assisted with the production of this album whcih can be seen as a tribute to one of England’s most influential composers of the early 20th century. Detailed notes on the man and his music, and these recordings, are included. Performers include some of Britain’s finest of the age.

The ‘missing’ item is a recording of ‘The Curlew’ by John Armstrong with the International String Quartet – this omission was not taken lightly, but would have required a 3rd CD making the set quite expensive – the recording is available via Pristine Audio


Capriol Suite
London Chamber Orch/Bernard
Serenade for Strings
NGS Chamber Orchestra/Barbirolli
Purcell/Warlock: Fantaisie no. 3
The Pasquier Trio
Purcell/Warlock: 2-Part Fantasia no. 9
The Griller String Quartet
Capriol Suite (arr. Szigeti)
Josef Szigeti & Nikita Magalov
The Curlew
Soames, Nielsen, Aeolian String Quartet
Serenade for Strings
Capriol Suite
Constant Lambert String Orch. /Lambert
Captain Stratton’s Fancy
Peter Dawson
Oh Good Ale;
Flow not fast ye fountains; There is a garden; O eyes, O mortal stars; Come, my Celia
John Goss
Corpus Christi
The English Singers
Sleep; Chop Cherry
John Armstrong/ International String Qt.
The Fox; Sleep; Take o take those lips away; Sweet and Kind; As Ever I Saw; The Passionate Shepherd
Parry Jones
Corpus Christi
Ann Jones, Peter Pears, BBC Chorus
A Cornish Christmas Carol
BBC Chorus/Woodgate
Six Nursery Jingles
Cecil Cope
Milkmaids; Captain Stratton’s Fancy; Sigh no More; Pretty Ring Time; Passing By; My Own Country; Fair and True; Piggesnie
Roy Henderson
Sweet and Twenty; Sleep
Nancy Evans
Rest Sweet Nymphs
Truro County Girls’ School Choir
The First Mercy
Billy Neeley
Corpus Christi
Flora Nielsen, Rene Soames, Festival Singers
The Frostbound Wood; The Fox
Dennis Noble
Captain Stratton’s Fancy
Oscar Natzke

Track Listing

    Peter Warlock:

  1. Capriol Suite [London Chamber Orch./Bernard] (8:26)
  2. Serenade for Strings [NGS Chamber Orch./Barbirolli](7:21)
  3. Capriol Suite [Szigeti] (5:23)
  4. Serenade for Strings [Constant Lambert Orch.] (6:40)
  5. Capriol Suite [Constant Lambetrt Orch.] (8:41)
  6. Henry Purcell; arr. Warlock:

  7. Fantaisie No. 3 (4:17)
  8. >

  9. Four-part Fantasy No. 9 (3:09)
  10. Peter Warlock:

  11. The Curlew (21:53)
  12. Captain Stratton’s Fancy [Peter Dawson] (1:49)
  13. Oh Good Ale (1:26)
  14. Flow not fast, ye fountains (2:09)
  15. There is a garden in her face (1:20)
  16. O eyes, O mortal stars (1:28)
  17. Come, my Celia (1:39)
  18. Corpus Christi [The English Singers] (3:03)
  19. Sleep [john Armstrong] (2:12)
  20. Chop Cherry (0:59)
  21. The Fox [Parry Jones] (2:42)
  22. Sleep [Parry Jones] (2:24)
  23. Take O take those lips away (2:07)
  24. Sweet and Kind (2:13)
  25. As ever I saw (1:41
  26. The Passionate Shepherd (2:08)
  27. Corpus Christi [Ann Wood & Peter Pears / BBC Chorus] (3:58)
  28. A Cornish Christmas Carol (3:55)
  29. Six Nursery Jingles (3:08)
  30. Milkmaids (1:43)
  31. Captain Stratton’s fancy [Roy Henderson] (1:43)
  32. Sigh no more (1:20)
  33. Pretty Ring Time ( A lover and his lass) (1:11)
  34. Passing By (2:26)
  35. My Own Country (2:55)
  36. Fair and True (2:27)
  37. Piggesnie (0:58)
  38. Sweet and Twenty (1:14)
  39. Consider (1:50)
  40. Sleep [Nancy Evans](2:58)
  41. Rest Sweet Nymphs (2:08)
  42. The First Mercy (2:48)
  43. Corpus Christi [Flora Nielsen / René Soames / Festival Singers (4:45)
  44. The Frostbound Wood (3:10)
  45. The Fox [Dennis Noble] (2:29)
  46. Captain Stratton’s Fancy [Oscar Natzke] (1:46)


Classical Source

The transfers from 78s are exemplary… over –correction has been avoided… the use of period recordings brings us nearer to the strange world of Philip Heseltine. The accompanying booklet is a mine of information. In all this is a fitting memorial to Peter Warlock. These transfers have obviously been made with exceptional care and this is an important historical release.

” —Antony Hodgson

Pride of place goes to the 1950 version of The Curlew. René Soames.. shows himself to be an outstanding interpreter. Overall I give this set a four-star review. Seldom has Warlock’s very personal sound-world been so well served on record. Generally, very well done and an important set for musicologists as well as collectors.

” —Lynn René Bayley
The Delius Society Newsletter

All Warlockians and Delians should have an interest in these great rarities… this compilation is a treasure trove of very rare recordings.

All Music Guide

A veritable treasure trove… Overall, the digital transfers are good… it seems like a good deal of effort was put into this package in keeping with its historic import.

” —Dave Lewis
Musical Opinion

This is a most enterprising set in that it includes a goodly proportion of virtually everything that Peter Warlock wrote during his short life. Roy Henderson’s delightful accounts of eight of [the solo songs]… some really outstanding items. A valuable issue… a comprehensive celebration of the music of a man who was lightly touched by genius.

” —Lyndon Jenkins
British Music Society News

Desirable collection of recordings… comprehensive booklet contributes some interesting information on the provenance of the recordings… essential listening for all Warlock enthusiasts, given especially the quality of its transfers. All the performances are ‘of their time’ and these recordings retain their value as documents of artistic achievement and undoubted historical importance.

” —John Talbot

Those looking for a corpus of early recordings of Peter Warlock’s music….will find their wishes granted. The transfers are first class and so is the documentation. This generous-spirited production hits all the right notes and the corpus of recordings it contains will enlighten, stimulate and encourage Warlockians for a good, long time.

” —Jonathan Woolf
Liverpool Daily Post

Expertly compiled… a roll call of British singers of the 1930s and 1940s – a collection of outstanding and well-loved English songs

” —Peter Spaull
Classic Record Collector

Barbirolli’s … Serenade… beautifully terraced and tapered. Two Purcell Fantasies… are each superb. With eight songs by Roy Henderson, we find a singer fully in command of his material. Transfers are generally good.. The set is recommended… for its omnium gatherum qualities

” —Tully Potter

One of the happiest of recent historical releases… music-making that is both intimate and intense. Some treasurable performances that would otherwise be extremely difficult to track down. The transfers are good and so are the notes.

” —Rob Cowan

This is a vital set for Warlock enthusiasts. A number of these recordings were made before Warlock’s death in 1930…there is fascination in hearing these contemporaneous accounts. This single-width 2-CD set is smartly presented. Full discographical detail… wonderfully extensive notes

” —Rob Barnett

Put simply, this is a treasure-trove. The sound is very good… the liner notes are excellent. This is Hall of Fame material in my opinion. For the music, the interpretations, the sound, the clear-sighted editing…it is a monumental enterprise that deserves no less.

” —Barry Brenesal