Sappho, Shropshire and Super-Tramp – English Art Song


Catalogue No: DDA 21230
EAN/UPC: 809730123023
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Release Date: January 2018
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Discs: 2
Total Playing Time: 156:43 (77:36 / 79:07)

The title ‘Sappho, Shropshire and Super-Tramp’ reflects three major threads (though not all) in this exceptional album of new English art-song made with the English Poetry and Song Society.

Shropshire is represented by several settings from Housman’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’ which has been among the most popular sets of poems for composers since its publication in 1896. From the ancient world, Sappho’s writings were set by Ivor Gurney, recently discovered, edited and published by Richard Carder.

Super-Tramp is the exceptional hobo-turned-gentleman poet W.H. Davies.

Altogether 12 composers and 52 songs, some in cycles and some stand-alone items, make this a feast of new and fascinating work for the song lover. Performed by top soloists Sarah Leonard and Johnny Herford, accompanied by Nigel Foster, who has been described as ‘today’s Gerald Moore’.

Track Listing

    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937): Seven Sappho Songs

  1. 1. Soft was the wind
  2. 2. I shall ever be maiden
  3. 3. The Apple Orchard
  4. 4. Hesperus
  5. 5. Love shakes my soul
  6. 6. The Quiet Mist
  7. 7. Lonely Night
  8. William Carnell (b.1938): A Country Lover

  9. 1. O see how thick the goldcup flowers
  10. 2. If truth in hearts
  11. 3. Bredon Hill
  12. 4. Along the field
  13. 5. White in the moon the long road lies
  14. 6. There pass the careless people
  15. Michael Watts (b. 1937): Gypsy Girl

  16. 1. Green eyes
  17. 2. Silver sighs
  18. 3. I would rather die
  19. 4. Remember my eyes
  20. 5. If a cold wind comes
  21. 6. If you’re the light
  22. 7. When it’s snowing in the serranas
  23. Dennis Wickens (b. 1926): This Life

  24. 1. A Greeting
  25. 2. The Example
  26. 3. The Rain
  27. 4. Leisure
  28. 5. In the Country
  29. 6. This Night
  30. 7. The Lonely Dreamer
  31. Simon Willink (1929-2015):

  32. Sea and Sky
  33. David Crocker (b. 1943):

  34. A Great Time
  35. My Whole World
  36. Sulyen Caradon (b. 1942):

  37. Silver
  38. Brian Daubney (b. 1929):

  39. Bredon Hill
  40. Boot and Saddle
  41. Because I could not stop for death
  42. The Dream-City
  43. Waiting Both
  44. Graham Garton (b. 1929):

  45. Leisure
  46. The Eagle
  47. The Song of the Secret
  48. The Shade-Catchers
  49. Frank Harvey (b. 1939):

  50. Dawn
  51. The Convergence of the Twain
  52. I so liked spring
  53. Remember
  54. Robert Hugill (b. 1955):

  55. Voyages III
  56. Gitanjali XIII
  57. Gitanjali II
  58. The Pillar
  59. Janet Oates (b. 1970):

  60. Bee: Dance
  61. Money
  62. The King of China’s Daughter
  63. The Cupboard



A splendid compilation on two very generously filled discs, complete with printed texts in the well-written and informative booklet that comes with them. In fact this is an extraordinarily varied and intelligently chosen program featuring a wide range of musical styles. Everything is written very well for the voice, and each song is an apt setting of its chosen poem. This is a set I shall return to often. It is recommended enthusiastically.

” —Henry Fogel
American Record Guide

The singing and accompaniment are top-notch. These performers obviously under¬stand the important role of the poetry in Art Song, so their accounts of these 52 songs display emotional depth and literary understanding. Listeners are sure to find others of interest—there is something for everyone here. Notes on the society, composers, performers, and texts. A lovely production.

” —Robert Delcamp
MusicWeb International

An interesting and enterprising set, celebrating English Art Songs by less well-known composers. The booklet is very detailed, containing information about the Society, together with biographies and full song texts.

” —Jim Westhead
The Chronicle

One of the charms of the CD is the intellectual curiosity it creates, not only in the music but in the subjects it tackles… it sparkles in its own intellectual way. Leonard and Herford are excellent.

” —Jeremy Condliffe
New Classics

The title of this exciting new album, ‘Sappho, Shropshire and Super-Tramp’, reflects three major threads of new English art-song. Spread over two discs, these 52 songs, some in cycles and some stand-alone items, make this a feast of new and fascinating work for the song lover.

” —John Pitt
MusicWeb International

A potpourri of fascinating music. Both Sarah Leonard and Johnny Herford bring considerable skill, magic and understanding to this music. The piano part is well-executed by Nigel Foster. This is an excellent exploration of (mainly) contemporary English art-song, and goes a long way to prove that the genre is alive and well in the early 21st century.

” —John France