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One Hundred Years of British Song, Vol. 2

James Gilchrist, Nathan Williamson

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A Leave-Taking  
1.1
No. 1, The Pilgrim Cranes
William Alwyn; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
3:00
1.2
No. 2, Daffodils
William Alwyn; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
2:17
1.3
No. 3, The Ocean Wood
William Alwyn; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
3:42
1.4
No. 4, Fortune's Wheel
William Alwyn; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
1:16
1.5
No. 5, Study of a Spider
William Alwyn; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
5:22
1.6
No. 6, The Two Old Kings
William Alwyn; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
4:15
1.7
No. 7, A Leave-Taking
William Alwyn; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
5:51
The Prison Cycle, Op. 19 (Pages from "The Swallow Book" / Arr. for Tenor & Piano)  
1.8
No. 1, Andante lentamente
Alan Bush; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
1:30
1.9
No. 2, Andantino piacevole
Alan Bush; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
2:52
1.10
No. 3, Poco gravamente
Alan Rawsthorne; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
1:38
1.11
No. 4, Andante
Alan Rawsthorne; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
1:49
1.12
No. 5, Grave
Alan Bush; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
1:55
2 Songs to Poems of John Fletcher  
1.13
No. 1, Away, Delights
Alan Rawsthorne; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
3:20
1.14
No. 2, God Lyaeus
Alan Rawsthorne; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
0:55
3 Donne Songs  
1.15
No. 1, A Hymn to God the Father
Elizabeth Maconchy; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
3:23
1.16
No. 2, A Hymn to Christ
Elizabeth Maconchy; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
5:39
1.17
No. 3, The Sun Rising
Elizabeth Maconchy; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
3:26
1.18
Serenade for Tenor & Piano
Doreen Carwithen; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
1:21
3 Songs to Poems by Walter de la Mare  
1.19
No. 1, Noon
Doreen Carwithen; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
2:03
1.20
No. 2, Echo (Seven Sweet Notes)
Doreen Carwithen; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
2:10
1.21
No. 3, The Ride-by-Nights
Doreen Carwithen; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
1:30
1.22
Clear Had the Day Been
Doreen Carwithen; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
1:45
1.23
Slow Spring
Doreen Carwithen; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
2:41
1.24
Echo (Who Called?)
Doreen Carwithen; James Gilchrist; Nathan Williamson
2:08
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:48
SOMM Recordings announces Volume 2 of its revelatory survey of One Hundred Years of British Song with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson. Volume 1 received wide acclaim, Gramophone hailing it as “a most impressive release”, adding “Gilchrist’s contribution is past praise… [with] immaculate support throughout from Williamson”. Awarded its Recording of the Month accolade, Limelight declared it “a penetrating, frequently revelatory start to a promising new series”. Featuring 10 first recordings – Elizabeth Maconchy’s Three Donne Songs and seven songs by Doreen Carwithen – Volume 2 focuses on five composers whose belated involvement with song straddled the Second World War. Maconchy’s Three Donne Songs are described by Williamson in his informative booklet notes as “substantial, ambitious songs, imbued with a genuine sense of drama by an assured composer at the height of her powers”. Carwithen’s seven miniatures represent her complete song output and display, as Williamson notes, “the most imaginative and creative writing… real gems revealing the seeds of a truly imaginative and expressive musical personality”. William Alwyn’s A Leave-Taking deftly counterbalances the obvious influence of German romanticism with music of striking, involving simplicity. Alan Rawsthorne’s Two Songs to Poems of John Fletcher combine Elizabethan counterpoint with music hall humour. Rawsthorne also contributes to Prison Cycle alongside Alan Bush, a vivid setting of political texts by the German socialist playwright and poet Ernst Toller. James Gilchrist’s previous SOMM releases include two volumes of Parry’s English Lyrics (SOMMCD 257; 270) and Penelope Thwaites’ From Five Continents (SOMMCD 0612), to which, theclassicalreview said, “Gilchrist brings authority throughout”. Nathan Williamson’s SOMM association includes Great American Sonatas (SOMMCD 0163), lauded by Gramophone as “a release of distinction”, and Colour and Light (SOMMCD 0196), a 2019 Recording of the Year for International Piano: “No praise could be high enough for Williamson’s performances”.
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