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Silent Noon - a collection of British songs by Britten, Quilter, Purcell, Vaughan Williams et al. / Operababes, Janet Haney, piano

Audio Samples

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, for voice & piano, Op. 3/2
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : If there were dreams to sell, for voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 3
>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 1
>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen
>     Let us wander not unseen
>Novello, Ivor : We'll Gather Lilacs (from Perchance to Dream)
>Scott, Alicia Ann : Think on Me for voice & piano
>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone
>     Come to me soothing sleep
>Murray, Alan : I'll Walk Beside You
>Dibdin, Charles : Tom Bowling, for voice & piano
>Balfe, Michael : Bohemian Girl
>     When other lips and other hearts
>Ketèlbey, Albert William : Bells Across the Meadows, characteristic intermezzo

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, for voice & piano, Op. 3/2
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : If there were dreams to sell, for voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 3
>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 1
>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen
>Novello, Ivor : We'll Gather Lilacs (from Perchance to Dream)
>Scott, Alicia Ann : Think on Me for voice & piano
>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone
>Murray, Alan : I'll Walk Beside You
>Dibdin, Charles : Tom Bowling, for voice & piano
>Balfe, Michael : Bohemian Girl
>Ketèlbey, Albert William : Bells Across the Meadows, characteristic intermezzo
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In 2001, two opera singers were discovered busking in London's Covent Garden and almost overnight were thrust into the global media spotlight, releasing two albums, achieving No. 1 chart positions across the world and becoming an international phenomenon. OperaBabes (Rebecca Knight and Karen England) went on to perform for HRH Queen Elizabeth II and in concert with leading orchestras around the world. Taking America by storm, they performed with Placido Domingo at the Los Angeles Opera and made history by becoming the first classical act ever to perform in Las Vegas, headlining at the legendary Stardust Casino. With a new relationship with Warner Classics, they now present their third album, 'Silent Noon.' This album is a collection of British songs, simply accompanied by piano. Featuring beloved pieces by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Quilter, Purcell, and many others, the album is sure to delight lovers of beautiful singing and the tradition of the art song. "Classical sensations..." - The Independent "OperaBabes have sung their way into all our hearts..." - Classic FM

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Their voices are matched in loveliness, blending in precise beauty. The singing is so enchanting. The release takes its title from Ralph Vaughan Williams's song 'Silent Noon', which opens the program. 13 more eclectic British beauties of music follow - songs by Quilter, Britten, Ireland, Purcell, Handel, Novello, Scott, Murray, Dibdin, Balfe, and Ketelbey.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall & Vega Music Studios (04/2011).



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Notes: Composition written: 1903.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, for voice & piano, Op. 3/2
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, for voice & piano
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Ireland, John [Composer] : If there were dreams to sell, for voice & piano
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 3
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 1
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1943

>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen :: Let us wander not unseen
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Novello, Ivor : We'll Gather Lilacs (from Perchance to Dream)
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Scott, Alicia Ann : Think on Me for voice & piano
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Handel, George Frideric : Ottone :: Come to me soothing sleep
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1722

>Murray, Alan : I'll Walk Beside You
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1936

>Dibdin, Charles : Tom Bowling, for voice & piano
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Balfe, Michael : Bohemian Girl :: When other lips and other hearts
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Notes: Composition written: 1843.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Albert W. Ketèlbey (1875 - 1959) : Bells Across the Meadows, characteristic intermezzo
  • Ensemble: OperaBabes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921