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Hugh Wood (b. 1932): 'Wild Cyclamen" / Claire McCaldin, mzz.. James Gilchrist, ten., Roderick Williams, bar., Ian Burnside & Simon Lepper, piano.

Album Summary

>Wood, Hugh : Laurie Lee Songs, for medium voice & piano
>Wood, Hugh : DH Lawrence Songs, for high voice & piano
>Wood, Hugh : The Isles of Greece, for baritone & piano
>Wood, Hugh : Wild Cyclamen, for tenor & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Composer Hugh Wood is known for his powerfully communicative and lyrical music and this latest release presents a selection of songs spanning his career. They are set to poems by DH Lawrence, Robert Graves, Laurie Lee and Lawrence Durrell, exploring themes of youth, love, lust and longing. Wild Cyclamen (2006) - a song-cycle from twelve individual, unrelated poems by Robert Graves - depicts the rise and fall of a love affair. Hugh Wood explains: "Graves wrote no such cycle but I've dared to construct one. It doesn't achieve too strong a story-line, but the songs are meant to be sung in a fixed order". The DH Lawrence settings (1998) include three poems Lawrence wrote about his days with Frieda in Bavaria and the Isles of Greece (2007) - written for and dedicated to baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Iain Burnside - is a compilation of poems celebrating various aspects of Greek life and its people. The earliest works on this recording are the Laurie Lee Songs (1956-58) written when Hugh was in his mid twenties.

Sunday Times, 12th April 2015
Wood has produced more than a dozen voice-and-piano works, and here are four: three collections and a song cycle proper. The five Laurie Lee Songs, dating back to 1958, come over with a post-Brittenish freshness.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2015
Wood is nothing if not a craftsman, and his vocal lines are always skilful amplifications of the text while his idiomatically written piano parts set the voice off to its best advantage.



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>Wood, Hugh : Laurie Lee Songs, for medium voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Clare McCaldin (Voice)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1956-1958

>Wood, Hugh : DH Lawrence Songs, for high voice & piano
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Simon Lepper (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (11/17/2014-11/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966-1974

>Wood, Hugh : The Isles of Greece, for baritone & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Wood, Hugh : Wild Cyclamen, for tenor & piano
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Simon Lepper (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (11/17/2014-11/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006