Come to Me in My Dreams: 120 years of songs from the Royal College of Music

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Come to Me in My Dreams: 120 years of songs from the Royal College of Music
Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano) Joseph Middleton (piano)

[ Chandos Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 10 September 2018

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Dame Sarah Connolly's exceptional nocturnally inspired recital spans over 120 years of British song from Stanford to Turnage, and includes world premieres of two songs by Benjamin Britten. Marking Sarah Connolly's Proms recital debut, the centenary of Sir Hubert Parry's death, and British composers in general, who studied or taught at the Royal College of Music, this album is an astonishing collection not to be missed.

"A truly lovely programme, this, as generous as it is absorbing… Connolly is at her characteristically supple, golden-toned and intelligent best throughout, and she enjoys impeccable support from Joseph Middleton. Chandos's sound and presentation are likewise beyond reproach, and it all adds up to a disc that I have not the slightest doubt will give enormous satisfaction for many moons to come." Gramophone Editor's Choice September 2018

"Connolly proves herself a worthy heir to Janet Baker in the lovely songs of Ireland, Moeran and Ivor Gurney, but this "garland" of 20th-century songs, superbly accompanied by Middleton as her equal partner, embraces "cycles" by the antipoles Britten and Tippett." Sunday Times

"Given the disparate fare, there are surprisingly few duds among the twenty-nine selections. Indeed, the sequence is a miracle of planning that has woven a coherent programme out of fragments...Connolly renders [A Charm] with the intensity of a skilled stage actress." ClassicalSource

"Those distinctive and luscious tones that radiate from Sarah Connolly's alluring mezzo-soprano voice are assured to soothe the most agitated of souls… It certainly is a well-thought-through collection drawn from a diverse song-writing talent cleverly cultured over the last 120 years by our highly-esteemed, Royal College of Music.These all-enveloping sounds, featuring the simple forces of voice and piano, certainly show off the crème-de-la-crème of British composers whose endemic talents were enhanced by the erstwhile RCM… This moody and soothing collection of superbly recorded and contemplative music can be interpreted in a versatile way. The songs will certainly impact on us all at some time" British Music Society


Herbert, M: The lost nightingale
Ireland: Earth's Call
Ireland: The Three Ravens
Dunhill: The Cloths of Heaven
Howells: Goddess of Night
Bridge: Journey's End
Sommervell: Into My Heart An Air That Kills
Britten: A Charm of Lullabies, Op.41
Bridge: Where She Lies Asleep
Bridge: Come To Me In My Dreams
Britten: A Sweet Lullaby

and much more