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Ailish Tynan/David Owen Norris (Piano)/James Gilchrist (Tenor Vocal): Songs of Muriel Herbert

Track List

>Loveliest of Trees, for voice & piano
>I cannot lose thee for a day, for voice & piano
>Crimson Rose, The ("God set a crimson rose upon your mouth"), for voice & piano
>I hear an army charging, for voice & piano (from Chamber Music)
>Jour des Morts ("Sweetheart, is this the last of all our posies"), for voice & piano (Cimetière Montparnasse)
>She weeps over Rahoon ("Rain on the Rahoon falls softly"), for voice & piano
>On a Time, for voice & piano
>Have you seen but a white lily grow?, for voice & piano
>I dare not ask a kiss, for voice & piano
>Horsemen ("Tis but a week since down the glen"), for voice & piano
>To Daffodils ("Faire Daffadills, we weep to see"), for voice & piano
>How beautiful is night!, for voice & piano
>Renouncement ("I must not think of thee"), for voice & piano
>I think on thee in the night, for voice & piano
>Faint Heart in a Railway Train ("At nine in the morning there passed a church"), for voice & piano
>Rose kissed me today, for voice & piano
>Lean out of the window, for voice & piano (from Chamber Music)
>Love's Secret ("Never seek to tell thy love"), for voice & piano
>MS. of Benedictbeuern ("So by my singing am I comforted"), for voice & piano
>Autumn ("There is a wind where the rose was"), for voice & piano
>Lost Nightingale, The ("Whoever stole you from that bush of broom"), for voice & piano
>Jenny kiss'd me, for voice & piano
>Songs for Children (6), for voice & piano: 1. Merry-go-round
>Songs for Children (6), for voice & piano: 2. The Gypsies
>Songs for Children (6), for voice & piano: 3. The Tadpole
>Songs for Children (6), for voice & piano: 4. Jack Spratt
>Songs for Children (6), for voice & piano: 5. Acorn and Willow
>Songs for Children (6), for voice & piano: 6. The Bunny
>In the Days of November, for voice & piano
>Lake Isle of Innisfree, The ("I will arise and go now"), for voice & piano
>David's Lament for Jonathan ("Low in they grave with thee"), for voice & piano
>Most Holy Night, for voice & piano
>When Death to either shall come, for voice & piano
>Cradle Song ("Baby, baby dear"), for voice & piano
>Violets ("Violets, shy violets!"), for voice & piano
>Tewkesbury Road ("It is good to be out on the road"), for voice & piano

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

The Guardian
Beautifully sung by Ailish Tynan and James Gilchrist. It shows that Herbert's literary taste was as discriminating as her music; the settings here range from medieval lyrics to James Joyce, as well as the inevitable Housman and Hardy. If her music is innately conservative, her harmonic palette and melodic invention are individual; these songs linger in the memory.

Gramophone Magazine
Muriel Herbert's music deserves it place alongside the more famous names of the time. Her work has been magnificently serves by the artists on this disc. Both Ailish Tynan and James Gilchrist seem to have made a leap forward as interpreters of English song; their diction is beautifully clear, without any recourse to archness or over-emphasis that can so quickly spoil this sort of repertory. David Owen Norris plays all the songs with evident affection and devotion.

Album Notes

Personnel: Ailish Tynan (soprano); David Owen Norris (piano); James Gilchrist (tenor).


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