Strings in the Earth and Air – English Song

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Catalogue No: DDV 24152
EAN/UPC: 809730415227
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Release Date: November 2010
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 68:37

This fine recital of English song includes works by two of the most prominent composers in the genre – E J Moeran and Peter Warlock – and some fine items, first recordings, by Geoffrey Stern. Many of the songs are not otherwise easily found. The performances are fine too, by tenor Paul Martyn-West and pianist Nigel Foster. Previously available as Dunelm DRD0249.

Track Listing

    Ernest John Moeran:

  1. I. Six Folksongs from Norfolk – Down by the Riverside (2:29)
  2. II. Six Folksongs from Norfolk – The Bold Richard (2:37)
  3. III. Six Folksongs from Norfolk – Lonely Waters (2:34)
  4. IV. Six Folksongs from Norfolk – The Pressgang (2:06)
  5. V. Six Folksongs from Norfolk – The Shooting of his Dear (3:11)
  6. VI. Six Folksongs from Norfolk – The Oxford Sporting Blade (1:26)
  7. I. Seven Songs of James Joyce – Strings in the Earth and Air (1:56)
  8. II. Seven Songs of James Joyce – The Merry Green Wood (1:19)
  9. III. Seven Songs of James Joyce – Bright Cap (0:54)
  10. IV. Seven Songs of James Joyce – The Pleasant Valley (1:11)
  11. V. Seven Songs of James Joyce – Donny carney (1:29)
  12. VI. Seven Songs of James Joyce – Rain has Fallen (1:26)
  13. VII. Seven Songs of James Joyce – Now, o now in this brown land (3:52)
  14. Peter Warlock:

  15. I. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – How many miles to Babylon? (0:37)
  16. II. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – I won’t be my father’s Jack (0:37)
  17. III. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – Robin and Richard (0:42)
  18. IV. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – O my kitten (1:03)
  19. V. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – Little Tommy Tucker (0:28)
  20. VI. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – There was an old man (0:36)
  21. VII. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – I had a little pony (0:29)
  22. VIII. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – Little Jack Jingle (0:37)
  23. IX. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – There was a man of Thessaly (0:47)
  24. X. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – Suky, you shall be my wife (1:12)
  25. XI. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – There was an old woman (0:44)
  26. XII. Candlelight: A Cycle of Nursery Jingles – Arthur o’Bower (0:44)
  27. Along the Stream (3:10)
  28. Take, o take those lips away (2:14)
  29. Heracleitus (3:40)
  30. The Fox (3:19)
  31. Geoffrey Stern:

  32. I. Three Wordsworth Songs – To the Cuckoo (3:32)
  33. II. Three Wordsworth Songs – She dwelt among the untrodden ways (2:21)
  34. III. Three Wordsworth Songs – To an infant (2:20)
  35. I. Four Songs of James Joyce – Lean out of your window (1:48)
  36. II. Four Songs of James Joyce – Strings in the Earth and Air (2:52)
  37. III. Four Songs of James Joyce – Now, o now in this brown land (4:08)
  38. IV. Four Songs of James Joyce – Gentle Lady (2:52)
  39. Legend (1:21)

Reviews

Music And Vision

A well balanced programme and clean, clear studio performances… sung and played with understanding care. Sadly Geoffrey Stern died in 2005… we are left with a taste for more. The CD is an appropriate memorial.

” —Patric Standford
MusicWeb

The Seven Songs of James Joyce are some of Moeran’s most impressive songs. Paul Martyn-West and pianist Nigel Foster perform them with keen intelligence and musical shape. They also bring a lighter, more questioning intimacy to the complex Three Songs [of Warlock]. Geoffrey Stern’s songs are attractive… finely done and well worth getting to know. This engaging recital should find a receptive audience among lovers of British song.

” —Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International

The Seven Poems of James Joyce (1929) is a minor masterpiece. It is once again an ideal combination of words and music. The sound quality of the vocal line on the CD is crystal clear – although sometimes sounds a little bit distant. Paul Martyn-West has a lovely voice apt to interpreting these songs. He is well able to imbue each song with its own character. Niger Foster is a sympathetic accompanist. This is a really interesting CD… I feel that it is an essential addition to the library of anyone who loves the ‘English School of Lieder.’

” —John France
MusicWeb International

This is a fine disc. Paul Martyn-West has a gentle voice – soft-toned, evocative and uniquely pleasantly. He has excellent enunciation, well-controlled vibrato and a deep love and knowledge of English solo song that shines through. Martyn-West is extremely good at bringing out the emotions, nuances and meanings of the texts. The disc contains a rewardingly extensive programme note by Martyn-West that is informative, interesting and well-written. The texts to all the songs are provided. This disc contains a good range of songs, from dreamy and melancholic through to dynamic and lively, thus demonstrating the versatility of the artists. Definitely a disc for lovers of English solo song.

” —Em Marshall
Fanfare

The material is extremely interesting, the performances are lively and musical, and pianist Nigel Foster is superb. Paul Martyn-West … does have exemplary diction and his interpretations are quite good. Excellent music sung with affection, musicality … Therefore I recommend this disc for the music and the interpretations

” —Lynn René Bayley
Midwest Record

Spirited early 20th century British songs. This vocal/piano combo have their fingers on the pulse of the material.

” —Chris Spector
MusicWeb International

All well worth hearing. With idiomatic performances and good recording, this is well worth seeking out by lovers of English song looking for something unusual.

” —Brian Wilson
American Record Guide

Warlock’s songs are the best of the lot… particularly delicious. Martyn-West’s voice is a classic English choir tenor… a sweet gentle voice… truly lovely,,, that is well suited to these songs. Foster is an able and responsive collaborator.

” —R Moore