The Last Rose

Audio Samples

>Hawes, Patrick : The Last Rose of Summer, folk song setting for voice, cor anglais & orchestra
>Rutter, John : I Know Where I'm Going, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
>Simon, Paul : Scarborough Fair
>Hawes, Patrick : Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, folk song setting for voice, violin & orchestra
>Rutter, John : Blow the Wind Southerly, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
>Mealor, Paul : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
>Rutter, John : O Waly, Waly (The Water is Wide)
>Hawes, Patrick : Skye Boat Song, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
>Hawes, Patrick : Down by the Salley Gardens, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
>Hawes, Patrick : The Ash Grove, folk song setting for voice, harp & orchestra
>Hawes, Patrick : My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, folk song setting for voice, cello & orchestra
>Hawes, Patrick : Lavender's Blue, folk song setting for voice & orchestra

Album Summary

>Hawes, Patrick : The Last Rose of Summer, folk song setting for voice, cor anglais & orchestra
>Rutter, John : I Know Where I'm Going, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
>Simon, Paul : Scarborough Fair
>Hawes, Patrick : Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, folk song setting for voice, violin & orchestra
>Rutter, John : Blow the Wind Southerly, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
>Mealor, Paul : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
>Rutter, John : O Waly, Waly (The Water is Wide)
>Hawes, Patrick : Skye Boat Song, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
>Hawes, Patrick : Down by the Salley Gardens, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
>Hawes, Patrick : The Ash Grove, folk song setting for voice, harp & orchestra
>Hawes, Patrick : My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, folk song setting for voice, cello & orchestra
>Hawes, Patrick : Lavender's Blue, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Angel Studios, London (2011-04-13_2011-04-15&2011-).

Formerly one-quarter of classical crossover girl group All Angels, 21-year-old Royal College of Music Student Laura Wright eschews the operatic standards and contemporary pop hits of her previous outfit in favor of the traditional folk songs of yesteryear for her solo debut album, The Last Rose. Inspired by the classic ballads that were introduced to her by her grandmother, it's a change in direction which appears to have re-instilled some of the passion and emotion that was largely absent from her old band's third effort, Fly Away, as she attempts to revive 12 compositions which have been a cornerstone of British culture for hundreds of years. Assisting her in the challenge is an impressive behind-the-scenes team who all contributed to the recent, official Royal Wedding album, including producer Anna Barry and arrangers John Rutter, Patrick Hawes, and Paul Mealor, whose new version of "Ubi Caratas," which was performed at the ceremony, appears here as a solo piece under the title of the Tennyson poem it originated from, "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal." Free from the bluster and pomp of their previous collaboration, their subtle, string-soaked arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ensure the focus is on the pretty melodies and Wright's soaring, angelic vocals, which effortlessly glide through pieces composed from all four corners of the British Isles, from England's "Lavender's Blue," to Scotland's "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," to Wales' "The Ash Grove," to Ireland's "I Know Where I'm Going," alongside musical adaptations of poems by Yeats ("Down to the Smalley Gardens"), Ben Jonson ("Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes"), and Thomas Moore ("The Last Rose of Summer"). A subtle spin on the classical crossover formula, The Last Rose is an enchanting debut which deserves to achieve its revivalist intentions. ~ Jon O'Brien



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Works Details

>Hawes, Patrick : The Last Rose of Summer, folk song setting for voice, cor anglais & orchestra
  • Performer: Laura Wright (Voice)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : I Know Where I'm Going, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Laura Wright (Voice)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Simon, Paul : Scarborough Fair
  • Performers: Laura Wright (Voice); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hawes, Patrick : Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, folk song setting for voice, violin & orchestra
  • Performers: Laura Wright (Voice); Tamas Andras (Violin)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : Blow the Wind Southerly, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Laura Wright (Voice)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mealor, Paul : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
  • Performer: Laura Wright (Voice)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Rutter, John : O Waly, Waly (The Water is Wide)
  • Performers: Laura Wright (Voice); Helen Kamminga (Viola)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hawes, Patrick : Skye Boat Song, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Laura Wright (Voice)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hawes, Patrick : Down by the Salley Gardens, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Laura Wright (Voice)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hawes, Patrick : The Ash Grove, folk song setting for voice, harp & orchestra
  • Performers: Laura Wright (Voice); Skaila Kanga (Harp)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hawes, Patrick : My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, folk song setting for voice, cello & orchestra
  • Performers: Laura Wright (Voice); Karen Stephenson (Cello)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hawes, Patrick : Lavender's Blue, folk song setting for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Laura Wright (Voice)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary