The Far Country – 26 English Songs


Catalogue No: DDA 25049
EAN/UPC: 809730504921
Artists: ,
Release Date: May 2007
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 69:28
Sample: Under the leavès green

John Jeffreys was a 20th century British composer who specialised in music for solo voice and his songs, exemplified by this fine collection, are masterworks of the genre, directly in the tradition inherited from Moeran, Delius, Finzi, and especially Warlock. Beautifully performed by James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook these works are timeless and will have lasting appeal.

Also see Northumberland and Beyond – songs by John Jeffreys on DDV 24128 and Idylls and Elegies – orchestral works on DDA 25082.

Track Listing

    John Jeffreys:

  1. Awake thee, my Bessy (2:29)
  2. The song of love (2:00)
  3. Under the leaves green (1:23)
  4. She is all so bright (3:01)
  5. Brown is my love (2:02)
  6. Three roses (1:46)
  7. Passing by (4:16)
  8. Horror follows horror (1:50)
  9. Severn Meadows (2:18)
  10. From Omiecourt (2:12)
  11. The Falcon (4:19)
  12. I am the Gilly of Christ (5:48)
  13. Drop, drop slow tears (2:14)
  14. O my dere hert (2:39)
  15. Corpus Christi (7:02)
  16. Full fathom five (2:22)
  17. When that I was (1:43)
  18. O mistress mine (2:06)
  19. Black Stitchel (4:08)
  20. The Far Country (2:20)
  21. All night under the moon (2:39)
  22. The Salley Gardens (2:35)
  23. Little Trotty Wagtail (1:25)
  24. The Whin (1:57)
  25. She is ever for the new (1:49)
  26. Jillian of Berry (1:03)


International Record Review

Jeffreys could be counted among the great songwriters of the second English Renaissance… his sparse, evanescent accompaniments are incredibly evocative and his melodies…release the fragrant depths of his chosen texts with seemingly effortless grace. Beautifully realised by tenor James Gilchrist

” —Robert Levett

Advocacy such as this is great for any composer, and still more so for one whose music has not yet attracted the attention it deserves. In James Gilchrist these present songs have an excellent advocate. Overall this is a very good disc indeed. These songs deserve the exposure that discs like this make possible. They are in the best traditions of the English song genre and collectors… will find this disc has many rewards.

” —John Quinn
American Record Guide

Worthy of comparison to much better-known composers….[Jeffreys] has an exceptional ability to create a variety of musical expressions that fit the words. You will not want to pass this up. Gilchrist’s voice has a gentleness, warmth and sweetness that is just right, and his enunciation is impeccable. Good notes and texts.

” —R Moore

This is music for a quiet evening – in contemplation of some of the less complex emotions aroused by things fine and beautiful – all beautifully sung by James Gilchrist with Anna Tilbrook accompanying.

” —Colin Scott-Sutherland
Albion Magazine

James Gilchrist is the splendid soloist on this disc, his excellent diction and great beauty of tone demonstrated in a wide range of moods.

” —Em Marshall

Not ‘fashionable’ perhaps, but a composer sensitive both to words and music. The programme includes eight first recordings. Tenor James Gilchrist has a warm voice, and has the support of a fine pianist.

” —John Steane