Her Song

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ELGAR / IRELAND / PARRY / GRITTON / SANDERS
Her Song
Susan Gritton (soprano) / BBC Concert Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins

[ Dutton Digital / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 16 July 2009

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Susan Gritton's solo recital with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins is focussed on orchestral songs by Elgar and John Ireland, varied with delightful solo items by Susan's grandfather Eric Gritton, by John Sanders, and an aria from Parry's opera 'Guenever'.

Susan Gritton's solo recital with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins is focussed on orchestral songs by Elgar and John Ireland, varied with delightful solo items by Susan's grandfather Eric Gritton, by John Sanders, and an aria from Parry's opera 'Guenever', here orchestrated by Jeremy Dibble. This is an enchanting and pioneering survey, with ten Elgar orchestral songs ringingly presented and crowned by Susan Gritton's affecting reading of The Sun Goeth Down from 'The Kingdom'. This is the first time so substantial a survey of Elgar's orchestral songs has been presented in one programme. The song by Eric Gritton, O Stay, Madonna, is a ripe example of lyrical Edwardiana and contrasts nicely with John Sanders' atmospherically floated Evening on Severn, and Parry's affecting but stoutly written aria for Queen Guenever facing death at the stake. In contrast there are two groups of John Ireland songs, nine in all, each especially eloquent when heard with orchestral accompaniment. They include the title song Her Song of 1925, which makes a touching lyrical foil to Elgar's exuberance.

Tracks:

Elgar:
The Torch, Op. 60, No. 1
The wind at dawn
Pleading, Op. 48 No. 1
Like to the Damask Rose
Shepherd's Song
Three Songs, Op. 59
There Are Seven That Pull the Thread
The Sun Goeth Down from 'The Kingdom', Op. 51

Gritton, E:
O Stay, Madonna
Orch. In 2008 by Robin Gritton. World premiere recording

Ireland:
Five Songs for Soprano & Orchestra
Orchestrated in 2008 by Graham Parlett. World premiere recording (in this version)
Love and friendship
My True Love Hath My Heart
The Trellis
Adoration
I Have Twelve Oxen
Four Songs for Soprano & Strings
Orchestrated in 2008 by Graham Parlett. World premiere recording (in this version)
The Salley Gardens
The Heart's desire
Baby
Her song

Parry:
Guenever's Soliloquy from 'Guenever' Act I, Scene 4
Orchestrated by Jeremy Dibble. World premiere recording

Sanders:
Evening on Severn No. 4 from 'Gloucestershire Visions'
World premiere recording