The Silver Hound: Songs by Betty Roe


Catalogue No: MSV 28566
EAN/UPC: 809730856624
Artists: , , , , , , ,
Release Date: July 2017
Discs: 1

Betty Roe is quite a phenomenon – unknown to most people! Composer of six operas, orchestral works and light music for theater and cabaret, her first love is art-song of which she has produced over 300 examples. Her style is eclectic, ranging from the serious to the comical, displaying a wonderful wit as well as a firm grasp of vocal writing and a way of providing music that seems totally at one with the texts; and at the age of 87, she remains a major force in the music world. In 2011 she was awarded the MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to classical music and composition.

This program of songs composed over the last 30 years is a delight and features top British and Irish soloists Sarah Leonard and Anne Marie Sheridan (sopranos), Robin Tritschler (tenor) and Stephen Varcoe (baritone) with Nigel Foster, English Song-accompanist extraordinaire (today’s Gerald Moore) at the piano. In several items obbligato French horn (Daniel Beer – the composer’s grandson), recorder (Emma Murphy) or violin (Madeleine Mitchell) add to the texture.

This is the first recording of these songs and is produced in co-operation with the Betty Roe Society.

Track Listing

    All composed by Betty Roe

  1. I Know a Bank
  2. In a Garden
  3. Two Garden Songs

  4. I. In this lone, open glade
  5. II. The Critic
  6. Magnificat
  7. The Silver Hound
  8. The Fair Singer
  9. Three Songs for Graham

  10. I. The Dream House
  11. II. The Promising Gardener
  12. III. Scooting
  13. Diva’s Lament
  14. Three Hardy Conversations

  15. I. A Wife Waits
  16. II. Father Dunman’s Funeral
  17. III. The Orphaned old Maid
  18. The Life that I Have
  19. Autumn’s Legacy
  20. Three Celtic Songs

  21. I. A Cradle Song
  22. II. A Boy’s Song
  23. III. The Fiddler of Dooney


MusicWeb International

The songs on this CD are wide-ranging and often involve various combinations of voices and instrumentalists. There are detailed biographies of the performers. The texts of all the songs are included. The CD is well-produced with splendid sound quality and convincing performances from all the artists

” —John France