A Shropshire Lad - poem and song-settings by various composers

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A Shropshire Lad - poem and song-settings by various composers
Alan Bates, reader, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor, Graham Johnson, piano

[ Hyperion Dyad / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Saturday 17 November 2001

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***** Five Stars BBC Music Magazine (March 2002)

.'An outstanding release' (Classic CD)

"Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Graham Johnson reveal that Butterworth still reigns supreme in his miracles of instinctive melodic response to Housman's verbal inflection, and in his exquisitely matched piano-writing."
- ***** Five Stars BBC Music Magazine (March 2002)

At least fifty composers - and not all English - have set poems from Housman's nostalgic and prophetic 'A Shropshire Lad', published in 1896 and never out of print since that date. It has been said that, worldwide, there are at least 160 song-cycles based on the 60 or so poems. Some of them have been set many times (there are at least ten settings of 'Loveliest of trees') but, surprisingly, many have never been set at all. This two-CD set (for the price of one), reissued from CDA66471/2, for the first time presents the whole of the 'Shropshire Lad' in sequence, with the un-set poems read by Alan Bates. The songs, sung by Anthony Rolfe Johnson, include the well-known and much loved settings by George Butterworth.


COMPACT DISC 1 [60'28]

1887 From Clee to heaven the beacon burns [1'45]
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH Loveliest of trees [3'11]
The Recruit Leave your home behind lad [1'09]
Reveille Wake: the silver dusk returning [1'03]
C W ORR Oh see how thick the goldcup flowers [4'34]
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH When the lad for longing sighs [1'56]
When smoke stood up from Ludlow [1'17]
Farewell to barn and stack and tree [1'03]
On moonlit heath and lonesome bank [1'27]
March The sun at noon to higher air . . . [0'25]
JOHN IRELAND 'The Heart's Desire' ... The boys are up the woods with day [2'27]
On your midnight pallet lying [0'36]
C W ORR When I watch the living meet [3'12]
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH When I was one-and-twenty [1'17]
There pass the careless people [1'00]
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH Look not in my eyes [2'13]
It nods and curtseys and recovers [0'26]
JOHN IRELAND 'Goal and Wicket' Twice a week the winter thorough [1'09]
Oh, when l was in love with you [0'18]
To An Athlete Dying Young The time you won your town the race [1'37]
E J MOERAN Oh fair enough are sky and plain[2'14]
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH Bredon Hill In summertime on Bredon [4'39]
JOHN IRELAND 'The Encounter' The street sounds to the soldiers 'tread [1'19]
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH The lads in their hundreds [2'02]
Say, lad have you things to do? [0'30]
C W ORR This time of year [2'18]
Along the field as we came by [1'00]
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH Is my team ploughing? [3'39]
The Welsh Marches High the vanes of Shrewsbury gleam [1'57]
JOHN IRELAND The Lent Lily 'Tis spring: come out to ramble [2'34]
Others, l am not the first [0'49]
On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble [1'09]

COMPACT DISC 2 [63'11]
From far, from eve and morning [0'36]
JOHN IRELAND 'The Vain Desire' If truth in hearts that perish [2'28]
The New Mistress Oh, sick I am to see you [1'09]
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH On the idle hill of summer [3'36]
MERVYN HORDER White in the moon the long road lies [2'18]
As through the wild green hills of Wyre [1'49]
The winds out of the west land blow [0'57]
JOHN IRELAND 'Hawthorn Time' 'Tis time, I think, by Wenlock town [1'41]
C W ORR Into my heart an air that kills [2'46]
In my own shire, if I was sad [1'35]
The Merry Guide Once in the wind of morning [2'13]
The Immortal Part When I meet the morning beam [2'23]
Shot? so quick, so clean an ending? [1'36]
LENNOX BERKELEY Because I liked you better [from More Poems] [2'30]
LENNOX BERKELEY He would not stay for me [from Additional Poems] [1'32]
If it chance your eye offend you [0'27]
Bring, in this timeless grave to throw [1'07]
The Carpenter's Son Here the hangman stops his cart [1'44]
Be still, my soul, be still [1'38]
GEORGE BUTTERWORTH Think no more, lad; laugh, be jolly [1'20]
In valleys of springs or rivers [1'15]
Loitering with a vacant eye [1'14]
E J MOERAN Far in a western brookland [2'40]
The True Lover The lad came to the door at night [1'44]
SAMUEL BARBER With rue my heart is laden [1'15]
Westward on the high-hilled plains [0'42]
The Day of Battle Far I hear the bugle blow [0'51]
JOHN IRELAND 'Epilogue' You smile upon your friend to-day [1'34]
When I came last to Ludlow [0'21]
C W ORR The Isle of Portland The star-fiilled seas are smooth to-night [3'44]
Now hollow fires burn out to black [0'19]
C W ORR Hughley Steeple The vane on Hughley steeple [2'59]
Terence, this is stupid stuff [3'49]
I hoed and trenched and weeded [0'54]