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Songs of Martin Shaw: The Airmen / Sophie Bevan, soprano; Andrew Kennedy, tenor, Roderick Williams, baritone, Iain Burnside, piano

Audio Samples

>Shaw, Martin : Venizel, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Jack Overdue, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Melodies You Sing, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Airmen, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Over the Sea, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Pity the Poor Fighting Men, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Egg-Shell, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Land of Heart's Desire, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Conjuration, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Merry Wanderer, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Bab-Lock-Hythe, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Child of the Flowing Tide, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Full Fathom Five, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Bird or Beast?, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Little Waves of Breffny, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Come Away, Death, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Brookland Road, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Summer, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Bubble Song, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Dip, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Rivulet, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : I Know a Bank, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Perilous Ways, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Heffle Cuckoo Fair, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Old Clothes and Fine Clothes, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Over the Sea with the Soldier, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : When Daisies Pied, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : At Columbine's Grave, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Wood Magic, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Tides, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Ye Banks and Braes, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Accursed Wood, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The World's Delight, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Banks of Allan Water, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Invictus, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Cuckoo, for voice & piano

Album Summary

>Shaw, Martin : Venizel, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Jack Overdue, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Melodies You Sing, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Airmen, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Over the Sea, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Pity the Poor Fighting Men, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Egg-Shell, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Land of Heart's Desire, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Conjuration, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Merry Wanderer, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Bab-Lock-Hythe, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Child of the Flowing Tide, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Full Fathom Five, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Bird or Beast?, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Little Waves of Breffny, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Come Away, Death, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Brookland Road, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Summer, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Bubble Song, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Dip, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Rivulet, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : I Know a Bank, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Perilous Ways, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Heffle Cuckoo Fair, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Old Clothes and Fine Clothes, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Over the Sea with the Soldier, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : When Daisies Pied, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : At Columbine's Grave, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Wood Magic, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Tides, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Ye Banks and Braes, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Accursed Wood, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The World's Delight, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : The Banks of Allan Water, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Invictus, for voice & piano
>Shaw, Martin : Cuckoo, for voice & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Despite a compositional career spanning both World Wars, remarkably little is known about Martin Shaw's music. It has yet to enjoy the revival of interest that has benefited the legacies of close friends such as Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Ireland. His songs range from the whimsical and effervescent to the deeply melancholic, and will be a revelation to many. In rescuing these gems from obscurity, Iain Burnside and his singers give new life to an unjustly neglected figure.

The Times
[Shaw's] lyrical gift is elegant, as is the intelligence of his text setting. There are surprises, too: atmospheric settings that offset the big-boned ballads.

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
This revisiting of Martin Shaw's songs by Iain Burnside and his singers has produced some ear-pricking results...it would be wonderful to think that this massively enjoyable disc might at least land a few of his songs into more established positions within the solo repertory. They do deserve that much.

The Guardian
Their style is bold, diatonic and memorably melodic...These performances, with Burnside the immaculate accompanist, are exemplary: there is no better interpreter of English song today than Roderick Williams, and it's a huge tribute to soprano Sophie Bevan and tenor Andrew Kennedy that their contributions are a match for his.

BBC Music Magazine
This is music full of character, and some of that character is complex and contradictory. Cleanly crafted, the songs are mostly easy to perform, though they need ringing passion and a quick tongue in the texts...Tenor Andrew Kennedy and baritone Roderick Williams are gorgeously eloquent; Iain Burnside's piano satisfies, too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher (05/01/2011-05/03/2011).



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Works Details

>Shaw, Martin : Venizel, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Shaw, Martin : Jack Overdue, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1942

>Shaw, Martin : The Melodies You Sing, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1933

>Shaw, Martin : The Airmen, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1941

>Shaw, Martin : Over the Sea, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : Pity the Poor Fighting Men, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1919

>Shaw, Martin : The Egg-Shell, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1919

>Shaw, Martin : The Land of Heart's Desire, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1917

>Shaw, Martin : The Conjuration, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1925

>Shaw, Martin : The Merry Wanderer, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : Bab-Lock-Hythe, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : Child of the Flowing Tide, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1919

>Shaw, Martin : Full Fathom Five, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : Bird or Beast?, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : The Little Waves of Breffny, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : Come Away, Death, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1919

>Shaw, Martin : Brookland Road, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1919

>Shaw, Martin : Summer, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : The Bubble Song, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1919

>Shaw, Martin : The Dip, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1924

>Shaw, Martin : The Rivulet, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : I Know a Bank, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : Perilous Ways, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932

>Shaw, Martin : Heffle Cuckoo Fair, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1919

>Shaw, Martin : Old Clothes and Fine Clothes, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1922

>Shaw, Martin : Over the Sea with the Soldier, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : When Daisies Pied, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1921

>Shaw, Martin : At Columbine's Grave, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Shaw, Martin : Wood Magic, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1924

>Shaw, Martin : Tides, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1923

>Shaw, Martin : Ye Banks and Braes, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1925

>Shaw, Martin : The Accursed Wood, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1927

>Shaw, Martin : The World's Delight, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1930

>Shaw, Martin : The Banks of Allan Water, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Vocal] (Tenor); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1924

>Shaw, Martin : Invictus, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1920

>Shaw, Martin : Cuckoo, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sophie Bevan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sir Michael Tippett Centre, Bath College of Higher Education (05/01/2011-05/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915