Songs (Incls 'Five Poems by Thomas Hardy')

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JOHN IRELAND
Songs (Incls 'Five Poems by Thomas Hardy')
Roderick Williams (Baritone) / Iain Burnside (Piano)

[ Naxos English Song Series Vol 18 / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 10 October 2011

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"Roderick Williams is such a good singer he can make the voice part sound vocal and natural in a way not many have succeeded in doing. …the pianist, Iain Burnside, plays with a sureness of touch to match the highly skilled naturalness of Williams's singing."
(Gramophone)

"Among the 26 Ireland songs on this disc are two cycles devoted to Thomas Hardy, dating from 1925 and 1926. Settings of Hardy's poems were of course at the heart of Gerald Finzi's output of songs, and there is nothing in these Ireland cycles that approaches the fine-honed responses and harmonic imagination of those, sensitively though Williams and Burnside present them. In fact it's hard to pin down a distinctive creative personality in any of these songs, and ironically it's the cycle We'll to the Woods No More from 1927 that seems the most individual, with texts from that favourite source for early 20th-century English composers, AE Housman, that has the most character."
(The Guardian)

"Roderick Williams, with his sympathetic, warmly rounded baritone, and Iain Burnside are eloquent advocates of all these songs. Even they, though, cannot dispel a sense of sameishness, with pastoral-tinged melancholy too rarely relieved by something more impassioned or invigorating."
(Daily Telegraph)

"Another irresistible volume in The English Song Series: a compilation of John Ireland which reveals the sheer breadth of emotional experience and variegated piano writing within his songs. Every word is tasted, pungently flavoured and given rigorous new life, with Iain Burnside's piano playing sentient to every second of Williams's singing."
(BBC Music Choral & Song Choice - July 2008)

"Roderick Williams is such a good singer he can make the voice part sound vocal and natural in a way not many have succeeded in doing. …the pianist, Iain Burnside, plays with a sureness of touch to match the highly skilled naturalness of Williams's singing."
(Gramophone)

Tracks:

Great Things
Three Thomas Hardy Songs
Sea Fever
The Bells of San Marie
The Vagabond
Santa Chiara
Tryst
During music
Youth's Spring-Tribute (D G Rossetti)
Penumbra
Spleen
I Have Twelve Oxen
We'll To The Woods No More
Five Songs To Poems By Thomas Hardy
The Cost
When I am Dead, My Dearest
The Salley Gardens
Tutto e sciolto
If I had Dreams to Sell