℗ 2012 Delphian
 

The Airmen: Songs of Martin Shaw

Sophie Bevan, Andrew Kennedy, Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside

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6 Songs of War  
1
No. 6. Venizel
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
2:45
2
Jack Overdue
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
1:40
3
The Melodies You Sing
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
1:09
4
The Airmen
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
2:59
6 Songs  
5
No. 4. Over the Sea
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
1:37
6
Pity Poor Fighting Men
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
2:32
7
The Eggshell
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
1:43
8
No. 3. The Land of Heart's Desire
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
2:11
9
The Conjuration
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
2:04
10
The Merry Wanderer
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
1:21
11
Bab-Lock-Hythe
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
2:24
12
Child of the Flowing Tide
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
1:54
13
Full Fathom Five
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
2:08
14
No. 1. Bird or Beast?
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
2:00
2 Water Songs  
15
No. 1. The Little Waves of Breffney
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
3:14
2 Shakespeare Songs  
16
No. 1. Come Away, Death
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
2:19
17
Brookland Road
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
4:44
6 Songs  
18
No. 6. Summer
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
2:25
19
The Bubble Song
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
1:33
20
The Dip
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
1:26
2 Water Songs  
21
No. 2. The Rivulet
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
1:08
22
I Know a Bank
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
1:51
23
Perilous Ways
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
2:33
24
Heffle Cuckoo Fair
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
1:08
25
Old Clothes and Fine Clothes
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
1:09
26
Over the Sea with the Soldier
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
2:00
27
When Daisies Pied
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
1:02
28
At Columbine's Grave
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
2:25
29
Wood Magic
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
4:02
30
Tides
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
2:09
31
Ye Banks and Braes (arr. by M. Shaw)
Traditional; Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
2:16
32
The Accursed Wood
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
1:54
33
The World's Delight
Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
3:28
34
The Banks of Allan Water (arr. by M. Shaw)
Traditional; Martin Shaw; Andrew Kennedy; Iain Burnside
2:53
35
Invictus
Martin Shaw; Roderick Williams; Iain Burnside
2:10
36
Cuckoo
Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan; Iain Burnside
1:02
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    77:18
“Andrew Kennedy picks up on this touchingly in Over the Sea, his rise of a fifth at the end of each stanza hauntingly dying away as if carried off across the waves by the piano. This link between piano and voice permeates the entire recording: there's an abundance of sensitive, sympathetic readings in which singer and pianist dovetail into one, whether the song in question is simply an enjoyable little vignette, or whether there have been deeper levels to draw out.”
- Charlotte Gardner, BBC Music

“as his hymns testify, Shaw could write good tunes and intended his songs to reach the widest audience. These performances, with Burnside the immaculate accompanist, are exemplary: there is no better interpreter of English song today than Roderick Williams, and it's a huge tribute to soprano Sophie Bevan and tenor Andrew Kennedy that their contributions are a match for his.”
- Andrew Clements, The Guardian

Martin Shaw is remembered for his contribution to English church music, having co-edited the Songs of Praise hymn book and The Oxford Book of Carols, but his other works—including over 100 songs—are a testament to a compositional prowess that is sadly mostly forgotten. The 36 songs on this release are settings of poems from Shakespeare to Yeats, showcasing Shaw’s dynamic and memorably melodic sensibility, realized beautifully by singers Sophie Bevan, Andrew Kennedy and Roderick Williams.
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