℗ 2011 Chandos
 

My True Love Hath My Heart: English Songs

Sarah Connolly, Malcolm Martineau

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Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles"  
1
No. 6. O Waly, Waly
Benjamin Britten; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
3:44
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4, "Moore's Irish Melodies"  
2
No. 3. How sweet the answer
Benjamin Britten; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
1:51
3
Corpus Christi Carol (After a Boy was Born, Op. 3: Variation 5)
Benjamin Britten; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
2:42
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles"  
4
No. 4. Early one morning
Benjamin Britten; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
2:29
5
King David
Walter De la Mare; Herbert Howells; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
5:15
6
Come sing and dance
Herbert Howells; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
3:58
3 Songs  
7
No. 2. Her Song
John Ireland; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
2:45
2 Songs  
8
No. 2. My true love hath my heart
John Ireland; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
1:57
9
No. 1. Tryst (In Fountain Court)
John Ireland; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
3:24
5 Elizabethan Songs  
10
No. 4. Sleep
Ivor Gurney; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
3:04
11
By a Bierside
Ivor Gurney; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
4:21
12
Gavotte
Herbert Howells; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
3:37
13
Lost Love Song
Herbert Howells; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
4:00
More Songs of the Countryside  
14
No. 1. Foxgloves
Michael Head; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
3:39
15
The First Mercy
Peter Warlock; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
2:51
3 Cotswold Songs  
16
No. 1. Cotsworld Love
Michael Head; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
2:39
A History of the The Dansant  
17
No. 1. Foxtrot
Richard Rodney Bennett; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
2:26
18
No. 2. Slow Foxtrot
Richard Rodney Bennett; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
3:47
19
No. 3. Tango
Richard Rodney Bennett; Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau
4:18
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    62:47
"... a delightful, wide-ranging sequence of English songs ... Connolly sings immaculately, with impeccably sensitive accompaniment from Malcolm Martineau, in sound both clear and perfectly balanced."
- Gramophone

"Four Stars ... Connolly and Martineau make an impressive double act ... her voice has such a pleasing texture ... it is womanly rather than girlish; velvet rather than satin ... her sense of drama is never overstated. She excels, therefore, in capturing the masculine and melancholy of Britten’s lullabies and Bennett’s brittle, unpredictable scenes from a long marriage. Martineau responds throughout with characteristically flawless, subtle and intuitive accompaniment."
- Classic FM

"An interesting programme ... thoughtfully chosen from both well-known and less familiar composers, in stunningly beautiful performances that go straight to the heart: this is a recording that you will want to return to again and again. Sarah Connolly’s voice has colour and richness to spare and she knows how to use it sparingly. She sings with expressive legato and perfect intonation and diction. Most important, she has a wonderful ability to find and communicate surprising depths of meaning and Malcolm Martineau matches her phrase for phrase."
- American Record Guide

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly is accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau on this diverse and highly acclaimed programme of English love songs, beginning with four works by Benjamin Britten. Next come 11 songs from the 1920s, considered the golden decade for English art songs. The most recent contribution to the album is the surreally retro short song cycle A History of the Thé Dansant by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, published in 1995.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded at All Saints’ Church, East Finchley, London, February 1 and 2, 2011
Recording producer: Rachel Smith
Sound engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Assistant engineer: Paul Quilter
Editor: Ben Connellan
Steinway Model D grand piano provided by Steinway & Sons
Piano tuned by Martin Bode
A & R administrator: Mary McCarthy
Front cover photograph of Sarah Connolly by Peter Warren
Back cover photograph of Malcolm Martineau © Russell Duncan
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative (www.cassidyrayne.co.uk)
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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