Songs of Travel

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS / BURTTERWORTH / BROWNE / SOMMERVELL
Songs of Travel
Christopher Maltman (baritone) Roger Vignoles (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Sunday 21 September 2003

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A collection of delightful songs by some of Britain's most endeared composers, all radiantly performed by one of Britain's best-loved baritones, Christopher Maltman.

Arthur Bliss wrote in his biography "To us musicians in Cambridge Vaughan Williams was the magical name; his Songs of Travel were on all pianos'. The songs reflect a significant advance from the parlour song to the art song, conceived in the tradition of the early Romantic questing songcycle of love and loss, all beautifully infused with the composer's hallmark folksong influences and modal harmonies.

Both Browne and Butterworth were killed in the First World War, and these enchanting songs are among the tragically minimal legacy they left behind. Somervell enjoyed a longer, more prolific life, and it is for his contribution to English song that he is best-loved.

A collection of delightful songs by some of Britain's most endeared composers, all radiantly performed by one of Britain's best-loved baritones, Christopher Maltman.

Tracks:

SOMERVELL
A Broken Arc (Robert Browning): Such a starved Bank of Moss; Meeting at Night; My Star; Nay, but you, who do not love her; The worst of it; After; From "Easter Day"; The Year's at the Spring

BROWNE
To Gratiana Dancing and Singing; Diaphenia; Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Songs of Travel (R.L. Stevenson): The Vagabond; Let Beauty Awake; The Roadside Fire; Youth and Love; In Dreams; The infinite shining Heavens; Whither must I wander?; Bright is the Ring of Words; I have trod the upward and downward Slope

BUTTERWORTH
A Shropshire Lad (A.E. Housman): Bredon Hill; Oh fair enough are Sky and Plain; When the Lad for Longing sighs; On the idle Hill of Summer; With Rue my Heart is Laden; Loveliest of Trees; When I was one-and-twenty; Look not into my Eyes; Think no more, Lad; The Lads in their Hundreds; Is my Team ploughing?