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Alun Hoddinott (1929-2008): Landscapes; Songcycles and Folksongs / Claire Booth, soprano; Nicky Spence, tenor; Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone; Andrew Matthews-Owen, Michael Pollock, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Hoddinott — 5 Landscapes, Op. 87: No. 1, Mynydd bodafon. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Hoddinott — 5 Landscapes, Op. 87: No. 2, Din lligwy. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Hoddinott — 5 Landscapes, Op. 87: No. 3, Llys dulas. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Hoddinott — 5 Landscapes, Op. 87: No. 4, Traeth bychan. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Hoddinott — 5 Landscapes, Op. 87: No. 5, Hen gapel. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Hoddinott — 2 Songs from Glamorgan: No. 1, in Pontypriss My Love Doth Dwell. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Hoddinott — 2 Songs from Glamorgan: No. 2, Farewell to Llangfelach. Allegro non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Hoddinott — The Silver Hound, Op. 121: No. 1, Prologue. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Hoddinott — The Silver Hound, Op. 121: No. 2, Lullaby. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Hoddinott — The Silver Hound, Op. 121: No. 3, The Schoolboy. PiĆ¹ mosso $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Hoddinott — The Silver Hound, Op. 121: No. 4, The Soldier. Agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Hoddinott — The Silver Hound, Op. 121: No. 5, The Lover. Adagietto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Hoddinott — The Silver Hound, Op. 121: No. 6, The Statesman. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Hoddinott — The Silver Hound, Op. 121: No. 7, The Old Man. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Hoddinott — The Silver Hound, Op. 121: No. 8, Epitaph. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Hoddinott — One Must Always Have Love, Op. 152 No. 3: No. 1, Sonnet. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Hoddinott — One Must Always Have Love, Op. 152 No. 3: No. 2, Daisy. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Hoddinott — One Must Always Have Love, Op. 152 No. 3: No. 3, Tasmanian Poem. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Hoddinott — One Must Always Have Love, Op. 152 No. 3: No. 4, The Ragged Wood. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Hoddinott — Towy Landscape, Op. 190
  21. Hoddinott — 6 Welsh Folksongs: No. 1, Two Hearts Remain. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Hoddinott — 6 Welsh Folksongs: No. 2, O Gentle Dove. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Hoddinott — 6 Welsh Folksongs: No. 3, If She Were Mine. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Hoddinott — 6 Welsh Folksongs: No. 4, Ap Shenkin. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Hoddinott — 6 Welsh Folksongs: No. 5, The Golden Wheat. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Hoddinott — 6 Welsh Folksongs: No. 6, The Fairest Gwen. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Hoddinott, Alun : Landscapes
>Hoddinott, Alun : Songs from Glamorgan (2), for tenor & piano
>Hoddinott, Alun : The Silver Hound, for tenor & piano, Op. 121
>Hoddinott, Alun : One Must Always Have Love, for soprano & piano, Op. 152/3
>Hoddinott, Alun : Towy Landscape, for soprano, baritone & 2 pianos, Op. 190
>Hoddinott, Alun : Welsh Folksongs (6), for high voice & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, March 2015
Hoddinott's accompaniments never mask the vocal line, so that Spence's bright young tenor and crystal-clear diction ring out as clear as a bell.

MusicWeb International, April 2015
This release...displays Hoddinott's vocal writing at its best.

Alun Hoddinott dominated musical life in his native Wales for over half a century. One of the most versatile and gifted composers of his generation he excelled in all genres, from operas and symphonies to piano sonatas. This recording brings together all of his songs for high voice and piano, revealing the vivid atmosphere he was able to evoke in each setting. It includes his Six Welsh Folksongs and his last vocal work, Towy Landscape, for soprano, baritone and piano duet, Hoddinott’s epilogue to a lifetime of writing for the voice.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
As with their volume of Dove songs, Matthews-Owen is the star of the show. He handles Hoddinott's filigree textures with delicacy, its declamatory thundering with authority. Comprehensive notes by Geraint Lewis. Full texts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey, En.



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Works Details

>Hoddinott, Alun : Landscapes :: Ynys Môn, for high voice & piano, Op. 87
  • Performers: Andrew Matthews-Owen (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Hoddinott, Alun : Songs from Glamorgan (2), for tenor & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Matthews-Owen (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Hoddinott, Alun : The Silver Hound, for tenor & piano, Op. 121
  • Performers: Andrew Matthews-Owen (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Hoddinott, Alun : One Must Always Have Love, for soprano & piano, Op. 152/3
  • Performers: Claire Booth (Soprano); Andrew Matthews-Owen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1994

>Hoddinott, Alun : Towy Landscape, for soprano, baritone & 2 pianos, Op. 190
  • Performers: Claire Booth (Soprano); Andrew Matthews-Owen (Piano); Michael Pollock (Piano); Jeremy Williams (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2006

>Hoddinott, Alun : Welsh Folksongs (6), for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Matthews-Owen (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982