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Love Blows as the Wind Blows: Song Cycles by Butterworth, Barber, Geoffrey Bush & Réjean Coallier / Étienne Dupuis, baritone; Claudel-Canimex Quartet

Album Summary

>Butterworth, George : Love Blows as the Wind Blows, songs (4) for voice & string quartet (or orchestra)
>Barber, Samuel : Dover Beach, Op. 3
>Bush, Geoffrey : Farewell Earth's Bliss for baritone & orchestra
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
>Coallier, Rejean : Songs Set to Poems by Syvlain Garneau, for voice & string quartet
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Notes & Reviews:

George Butterworth's moving cycle Love Blows as the Wind Blows lends its title to the solo debut album of Canadian baritone Etienne Dupuis. He also sings a rarely recorded English song cycle, Farewell Earth's Bliss, by British composer Geoffrey Bush, and Dover Beach, an early work by Samuel Barber.This exquisite and refined selection includes four French songs by Canadian composer Réjean Coallier based on poems by Sylvain Garneau. Dupuis also performs the iconic Irish folk song Danny Boy, arranged for voice and string quartet. Dupuis is accompanied by the musicians of the Quatuor Claudel-Canimex, who play Barber's famous Adagio in its original version for string quartet.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The title for this album, Love Blows as the Wind, comes from a line in the second of four Butterworth songs. Butterworth's lyrical setting of William Ernest Henley's poems creates a wistful mood that perfectly reflects the spirit of the poems. Canadian singer Dupuis uses his sweet, light voice well in the service of this music. His English is usually clear. Dupuis sings 'Danny Boy' with poignant tenderness. Here his tonal beauty comes through especially well as he sings with appropriate sentiment without going over the top. The quartet plays the Adagio movement from Barber's Quartet with tenderness that avoids schmaltz. Their playing of the entire program exhibits lovely lyrical fluidity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Pierre-Mercure (Centre Pierre-Péladeau), Montréal (09/2014).



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>Butterworth, George : Love Blows as the Wind Blows, songs (4) for voice & string quartet (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Etienne Dupuis
  • Ensemble: Claudel-Canimex Quartet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1912

>Barber, Samuel : Dover Beach, Op. 3
  • Performer: Etienne Dupuis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1931.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Bush, Geoffrey : Farewell Earth's Bliss for baritone & orchestra
  • Performer: Etienne Dupuis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
  • Performer: Etienne Dupuis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1855

>Coallier, Rejean : Songs Set to Poems by Syvlain Garneau, for voice & string quartet
  • Performer: Etienne Dupuis
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary