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Amy Woodforde-Finden (1860-1919): The Oriental Song-Cycles / Michael Halliwell, baritone; David Miller, piano

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  1. Woodforde-Finden — 4 Indian Love Lyrics: No. 1, The Temple Bells $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Woodforde-Finden — 4 Indian Love Lyrics: No. 2, Less Than the Dust $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Woodforde-Finden — 4 Indian Love Lyrics: No. 3, Kashmiri Song $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Woodforde-Finden — A Lover in Damascus: No. 1, Far Across the Desert Sands $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Woodforde-Finden — A Lover in Damascus: No. 2, Where the Abana Flows $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Woodforde-Finden — A Lover in Damascus: No. 3, Beloved, in Your Absence $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Woodforde-Finden — A Lover in Damascus: No. 4, How Many a Lonely Caravan $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Woodforde-Finden — A Lover in Damascus: No. 5, If in the Great Bazaars $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Woodforde-Finden — A Lover in Damascus: No. 6, Allah be with Us $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Woodforde-Finden — On Jhelum River: No. 1, Jhelum Boat Song $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Woodforde-Finden — On Jhelum River: No. 2, The Song of the Bride $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Woodforde-Finden — On Jhelum River: No. 3, Will the Red Sun Never Set? $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Woodforde-Finden — On Jhelum River: No. 4, Ashoo at Her Lattice $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Woodforde-Finden — On Jhelum River: No. 5, Only a Rose $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Woodforde-Finden — On Jhelum River: No. 6, Kingfisher Blue $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Woodforde-Finden — A Dream of Egypt: No. 1, Beside the Lonely Nile $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Woodforde-Finden — A Dream of Egypt: No. 3, Pomegranate Is Your Mouth $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Woodforde-Finden — A Dream of Egypt: No. 4, I Envy Every Circlet $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Woodforde-Finden — A Dream of Egypt: No. 5, I Wakened When the Moon $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Woodforde-Finden — Stars of the Desert: No. 1, Stars of the Desert $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Woodforde-Finden — Stars of the Desert: No. 2, You Are All That Is Lovely $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Woodforde-Finden — Stars of the Desert: No. 3, The Rice Was Under Water $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Woodforde-Finden — Stars of the Desert: No. 4, Fate $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Woodforde-Finden — The Myrtles of Damascus: No. 1, The Myrtles of Damascus $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Woodforde-Finden — The Myrtles of Damascus: No. 2, After Drought $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Woodforde-Finden — The Myrtles of Damascus: No. 3, At Nightfall $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Woodforde-Finden — The Myrtles of Damascus: No. 4, I Did Not Know $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : Indian Love Lyrics (4), for voice & piano
>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : A Lover in Damascus, song cycle for voice & piano
>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : On Jhelum River, song cycle for voice & piano
>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : A Dream of Egypt, song cycle for voice & piano
>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : Stars of the Desert, song cycle for voice & piano
>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : The Myrtles of Damascus, song cycle for voice & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Amy Woodforde-Finden (1860 - 1919) epitomizes the Edwardian drawing-room ballad. Her song-cycle Four Indian Love Lyrics (1902) contains the 'Kashmiri Song', a runaway success in its own day. Her five other 'oriental' song-cycles, which have long since fallen from favor and are revived here for the first time, contain plenty of honest sentiment, good tunes and splashes of local color. Their hints of inter-racial love and lesbian romance must have given a real frisson to their contemporary audiences.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Halliwell, longtime principal baritone with the Netherlands Opera, the Nuremberg Municipal Opera, and the Hamburg Opera, is now on the staff at the Sydney (Australia) Conservatory of Music, where he has served as Chair of Vocal Studies and Opera. His enunciation is clear. Miller, one of Australia's leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists, plays eloquently and helps give the music a fair hearing. Illuminating notes by Halliwell.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (12/02/2013-12/05/2013).



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Works Details

>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : Indian Love Lyrics (4), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Halliwell; David Miller (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (12/02/2013-12/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : A Lover in Damascus, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Halliwell; David Miller (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (12/02/2013-12/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904

>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : On Jhelum River, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Halliwell; David Miller (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (12/02/2013-12/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : A Dream of Egypt, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Halliwell; David Miller (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (12/02/2013-12/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : Stars of the Desert, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Halliwell; David Miller (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (12/02/2013-12/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : The Myrtles of Damascus, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Halliwell; David Miller (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (12/02/2013-12/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918