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The English Song Collection - songs by Britten, Finzi, Leighton, Warlock, Gurney, Bliss et al. / James Gilchrist, tenor; Anna Tilbrook, piano

Album Summary

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : O Fair to See, for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op.13
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Till Earth Outwears, song cycle for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op. 19
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The Curlew, song cycle for voice & small orchestra
>Bliss, Sir A. [Composer] : Elegiac Sonnet, for tenor, piano & string quartet, Op. 81, F. 156
>Gurney, Ivor : Ludlow and Teme, song cycle for voice, string quartet & piano
>Leighton, Kenneth : Earth, Sweet Earth, solo cantata for tenor & piano (Laudes Terrae), Op. 94
>Britten, Benjamin : Winter Words, Op. 52
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Notes & Reviews:

In-demand tenor James Gilchrist has been hailed as an unparalleled interpreter of English song. In this special three-disc set are gathered his finest recordings to date: song cycles by Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Britten, Warlock, and Leighton. Indeed, Gilchrist's pure, golden tone and sensitive musicianship suit the works of the English masters of song to perfection.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Kennedy's more satisfying style in the more robust songs. All things considered, Gilchrist's well-considered interpretation shows intelligence and superior subtlety. With instrumental playing of the higher order, the praise this release has drawn from many quarters is fully justified. Notes and texts.



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Works Details

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : O Fair to See, for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op.13
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1921-1956

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Till Earth Outwears, song cycle for soprano (or tenor) & piano, Op. 19
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1927-1956

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1926-1929

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra)
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); Michael Cox (Flute); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital School, Horsham (11/21/2006-11/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The Curlew, song cycle for voice & small orchestra
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); Michael Cox (Flute); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital School, Horsham (11/21/2006-11/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920-1922

>Bliss, Sir A. [Composer] : Elegiac Sonnet, for tenor, piano & string quartet, Op. 81, F. 156
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); Michael Cox (Flute); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital School, Horsham (11/21/2006-11/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Gurney, Ivor : Ludlow and Teme, song cycle for voice, string quartet & piano
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Anna Tilbrook (Piano); Michael Cox (Flute)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital School, Horsham (11/21/2006-11/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12/1919

>Leighton, Kenneth : Earth, Sweet Earth, solo cantata for tenor & piano (Laudes Terrae), Op. 94
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital, Horsham (2008-09-08_2008-09-10&2008-)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985-1986

>Britten, Benjamin : Winter Words, Op. 52
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital, Horsham (2008-09-08_2008-09-10&2008-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953