Songs of Dorset: English Art-Song


Catalogue No: DDV 24163
EAN/UPC: 809730416323
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Release Date: August 2017
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 47:33

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 second 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 also the five excellent finalists in the EPSS competition of 2001. The concert and competition commemorated the bicentenary of the birth of Dorset dialect poet William Barnes.

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.

Track Listing

    Gustav Holst

  1. Sergeant’s Song
  2. Between us now
  3. Clive Carey

  4. The Spring
  5. Arthur Somervell

  6. The mother’s dream
  7. Gerald Finzi

  8. I Said to Love – I. I need not go
  9. I Said to Love – II. At middle-gate field in February
  10. I Said to Love – III. Two lips
  11. I Said to Love – IV. In five-score summers
  12. I Said to Love – V. For life I had never cared greatly
  13. I Said to Love – VI. I said to love
  14. Roger Lord

  15. Corn a-turnen’ yollow
  16. Alison Edgar

  17. The wind at the door
  18. Judith Bailey

  19. Jeane
  20. Brian Daubney

  21. The storm
  22. Roger Lord

  23. Come
  24. Ralph Vaughan Williams

  25. In the Spring
  26. Blackmwore maidens by the Stour
  27. The Winter’s Willow
  28. Linden Lea



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
American Record Guide

Stephen Foulkes has a firm and steady voice and sings with exemplary diction. Colin Hunt, a Bath pianist, supplied fine accompaniment.

” —Robert A Moore