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The Power of Love: An English Songbook / Alice Coote, Graham Johnson

Audio Samples

>Molloy, James Lyman : Love's Old Sweet Song
>White, Maude Valerie : So We'll Go No More A-roving, for voice & piano
>White, Maude Valerie : The Spring Has Come, for voice & piano
>White, Maude Valerie : The Devout Lover, for voice & piano
>Elgar, Edward : Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 41
>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
>Lehmann, Liza : Ah, moon of my delight, for voice & piano
>Lehmann, Liza : Love, if you knew the light, for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Peel, Graham : Almond, wild almond, for voice & piano
>Peel, Graham : The Early Morning, for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : There be none of beauty's daughters, for voice & piano, Op. 24/1
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, for voice & piano, Op. 3/2
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1
>Grainger, Percy : The Power of Love, folk song for high voice & piano (DFMS 4)
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : Hypochondriacus, for voice & piano
>Lehmann, Liza : Pa's bank, for voice & piano
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : The Song of Shadows
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Take, O Take Those Lips Away, for voice & piano (Saudades no 2)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The Night, for voice & piano (from Belloc Songs)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Queen Anne, for voice & piano
>Moeran, Ernest John : In Youth is Pleasure, for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : Goodnight to the Meadow, for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : The boat is chafing
>Gurney, Ivor : Lights out
>Holst, Gustav : Twelve Songs, H174, Op. 48
>     Journey's End
>     Betelgeuse

Album Summary

>Molloy, James Lyman : Love's Old Sweet Song
>White, Maude Valerie : So We'll Go No More A-roving, for voice & piano
>White, Maude Valerie : The Spring Has Come, for voice & piano
>White, Maude Valerie : The Devout Lover, for voice & piano
>Elgar, Edward : Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 41
>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
>Lehmann, Liza : Ah, moon of my delight, for voice & piano
>Lehmann, Liza : Love, if you knew the light, for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Peel, Graham : Almond, wild almond, for voice & piano
>Peel, Graham : The Early Morning, for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : There be none of beauty's daughters, for voice & piano, Op. 24/1
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, for voice & piano, Op. 3/2
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1
>Grainger, Percy : The Power of Love, folk song for high voice & piano (DFMS 4)
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : Hypochondriacus, for voice & piano
>Lehmann, Liza : Pa's bank, for voice & piano
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : The Song of Shadows
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Take, O Take Those Lips Away, for voice & piano (Saudades no 2)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The Night, for voice & piano (from Belloc Songs)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Queen Anne, for voice & piano
>Moeran, Ernest John : In Youth is Pleasure, for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : Goodnight to the Meadow, for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : The boat is chafing
>Gurney, Ivor : Lights out
>Holst, Gustav : Twelve Songs, H174, Op. 48
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Notes & Reviews:

Alice Coote, one of the most distinctive mezzo-sopranos of today, makes her recital debut on Hyperion with pianist Graham Johnson, a stalwart of the label and tireless explorer of vocal repertoire. The Power of Love creates what Johnson describes as, "a pageant of English song and poetry," covering half a century of song and surveying not just human love but love of nature and even of money. Some of the most touching pieces here involve the loss of love through death, not least Ivor Gurney's Lights Out and Gustav Holst's Betelgeuse. There's serenity, too, in mellifluous settings by Roger Quilter, while high spirits are supplied by Maude Valérie White's The Spring has come and Warlock's sardonic Queen Anne, which includes the immortal lines, "I am Queen Anne, of whom 'tis said / I'm chiefly fam'd for being dead."

"From start to finish, the artistry of Alice Coote and Graham Johnson is of the highest order." -Gramophone

Financial Times
Almost every track on the mezzo's recital springs a surprise

International Record Review
['Love's Philosophy'] needs and receives a bolder and stronger delivery than its neighbour, rising to a showy conclusion. It allows Coote to introduce an almost operatic approach as her voice peals forth... the Holst songs, mesmerizingly captured by Coote, whose voice seems almost detached as she intones 'Betelgeuse', recorded, like the rest of the programme, in clear sound.

BBC Music Magazine
[Victorian parlour repertoire] proves both admirably suited to her distinctively creamy yet expressive voice, and occasionally revelatory...The well-structured programme concludes with Holst's late Humbert Wolfe settings, in which Coote finds surprising power. Journey's End is tragically bleak.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
It is Coote's dark, fine-edged voice and exceptional musicality that make this program, interesting and thoughtful as it is, so emotionally compelling. She is ably supported by Johnson, who navigates admirably between restraint and abandon as the music demands. Johnson also supplied the extensive notes; full texts are included.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-).



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Works Details

>Molloy, James Lyman : Love's Old Sweet Song
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937) : So We'll Go No More A-roving, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920s

>Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937) : The Spring Has Come, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937) : The Devout Lover, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Elgar, Edward : Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 41
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Lehmann, Liza : Ah, moon of my delight, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Lehmann, Liza : Love, if you knew the light, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Peel, Graham : Almond, wild almond, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Peel, Graham : The Early Morning, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : There be none of beauty's daughters, for voice & piano, Op. 24/1
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, for voice & piano, Op. 3/2
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Grainger, Percy : The Power of Love, folk song for high voice & piano (DFMS 4)
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922

>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : Hypochondriacus, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Lehmann, Liza : Pa's bank, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : The Song of Shadows
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Take, O Take Those Lips Away, for voice & piano (Saudades no 2)
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The Night, for voice & piano (from Belloc Songs)
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Queen Anne, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Moeran, Ernest John : In Youth is Pleasure, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gurney, Ivor : Goodnight to the Meadow, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gurney, Ivor : The boat is chafing
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gurney, Ivor : Lights out
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Holst, Gustav : Twelve Songs, H174, Op. 48 :: Journey's End
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929

>Holst, Gustav : Twelve Songs, H174, Op. 48 :: Betelgeuse
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (2010-12-15&2010-12-15&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929