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Britten: Complete Scottish Songs / Mark Wilde, tenro; Lucy Wakeford, harp; David Norris, piano

> A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 - No. 1. Birthday Song
> A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 - No. 2. My Early Walk
> A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 - No. 3. Wee Willie Gray
> A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 - No. 4. My Hoggie
> A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 - No. 5. Afton Water
> A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 - No. 6. The Winter
> A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 - No. 7. Leezie Lindsay
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 1. A Riddle (The Earth)
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 2. A Laddie's Sang
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 3. Nightmare
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 4. Black Day
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 5. Bed-time
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 6. Slaughter
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 7. A Riddle (The Child You Were)
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 8. The Lark Lad
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 9. Who are these Children?
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 10. Supper
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 11. The Children
> Who are these Children?, Op. 84 - No. 12. The Auld Aik
> Cradle Song, "Sleep, my darling, sleep" - Cradle Song, "Sleep, my darling, sleep"
> Beware!: No. 2. O that I had ne'er been married - Beware!: No. 2. O that I had ne'er been married
> Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles" - Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles": No. 5. Ca' the yowes
> Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles" - No. 2. There's none to soothe
> Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles" - No. 4. O can ye sew cushions?
> Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles" - No. 3. The Bonny Earl o' Moray
> 8 Folk Song Arrangements - 8 Folk Song Arrangements: No. 4. Bonny at morn
> Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles" - No. 7. Come you not from Newcastle?
> Dawtie's Devotion - Dawtie's Devotion
> The Gully - The Gully
> Tradition - Tradition
> 4 Burns Songs (arr. C. Matthews for voice and piano) - No. 1. Afton Water
> 4 Burns Songs (arr. C. Matthews for voice and piano) - No. 2. Wee Willie
> 4 Burns Songs (arr. C. Matthews for voice and piano) - No. 3. The Winter
> 4 Burns Songs (arr. C. Matthews for voice and piano) - No. 4. My Hoggie

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : A Birthday Hansel, song cycle for tenor & harp, Op. 92
>Britten, Benjamin : Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84
>Britten, Benjamin : Cradle Song
>Britten, Benjamin : Beware!
>Britten, Benjamin : Ca' the yowes, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)
>Britten, Benjamin : There's none to soothe (Folksongs of the British Isles, Vol. 3)
>Britten, Benjamin : O can ye sew cushions, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1)
>Britten, Benjamin : The Bonny Earl o' Moray, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1)
>Britten, Benjamin : Bonny at morn, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
>Britten, Benjamin : Come you not from Newcastle?, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3)
>Britten, Benjamin : Dawtie's Devotion, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
>Britten, Benjamin : The Gully, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
>Britten, Benjamin : Tradition, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
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Notes & Reviews:

Steeped in an atmosphere of ancient Scottish musical tradition, Benjamin Britten's setting of texts by Robert Burns in A Birthday Hansel was his final song-cycle. Who are these children? is another late cycle to poems by William Soutar, combining darkly dramatic musical depictions of wartime life with protest songs which hark back to the composer's youth. Acclaimed Scottish tenor Mark Wilde's sensitivities embrace both the vibrantly dramatic and "gently mellifluous" (Manchester Evening News) qualities in this deeply expressive repertoire.

Mark Wilde studied at the Royal College of Music in London. His rôles have included Ferrando in Così fan tutte (Glyndebourne), Frederic in Pirates of Penzance (ENO) and Albert Herring (Perth Festival). His recordings include Handel's Ode to St Cecilia's Day for Naxos (8.554752).

Ritmo
Both the tenor Mark Wilde, lyrical ring light Juvenile easy issue, and very clear diction, as Lucy Wakeford on harp in a particularly committed and pianist Owen Norris give us clean and attractive readings of songs that are worth knowing.

Allmusic.com
[Mark Wilde] excels in bringing sharp characterization to the songs, which these pieces - art songs with roots in folk culture - require in order not to sound precious. He is also effective in singing with unmannered naturalness. Pianist David Owen Norris and harpist Lucy Wakeford provide sensitive accompaniments. Naxos' sound is clean, present, and well-balanced.

Classic FM
The Scottish tenor has matured into one of our finest artists with time's passing, musically astute, vocally impressive and a generous communicator... He's eloquently partnered by harpist Lucy Wakeford in A Birthday Hansel, their partnership tapping the emotional heart of Britten's deceptively complex writing.

Gramophone
This collection of Britten's songs to Scottish texts occupies almost a complete disc, headed by the two late song-cycles to poems by Robert Burns and William Soutar. In the Burns cycle, A Birthday Hansel, Scottish tenor Mark Wilde takes his time and uses his pliable voice to play with light and shade in atmospheric performances... Colin Matthews arranged four of the Burns settings from A Birthday Hansel with piano accompaniments and these are performed here with cleaned-up Burns texts - a worthwhile bonus.

MusicWeb International
The sound quality is good, the singing is effective and as I have noted above Mark Wilde does not overdo the 'local colour'. Piano and harp both contribute to the overall value of this excellent and often moving CD.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009).



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>Britten, Benjamin : A Birthday Hansel, song cycle for tenor & harp, Op. 92
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Britten, Benjamin : Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Cradle Song :: Sleep, my darling, sleep, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : Beware! :: O that I'd ne'er been married
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1926

>Britten, Benjamin : Ca' the yowes, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : There's none to soothe (Folksongs of the British Isles, Vol. 3)
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1947

>Britten, Benjamin : O can ye sew cushions, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1)
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : The Bonny Earl o' Moray, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1)
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Bonny at morn, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Come you not from Newcastle?, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3)
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Dawtie's Devotion, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : The Gully, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Tradition, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : A Birthday Hansel, song cycle for tenor & harp, Op. 92
  • Performers: Mark Wilde (Tenor); David Norris (Piano)
  • Notes: Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (09/17/2009-09/19/2009)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975