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

Audio Samples

  1. Hugh Wood — Laurie Lee Songs, Op. 28: No. 1, Boy in Ice $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Hugh Wood — Laurie Lee Songs, Op. 28: No. 2, The Edge of Day $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Hugh Wood — Laurie Lee Songs, Op. 28: No. 3, The Easter Green $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Hugh Wood — Laurie Lee Songs, Op. 28: No. 4, Town Owl $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Hugh Wood — Laurie Lee Songs, Op. 28: No. 5, April Rise $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Hugh Wood — D.H. Lawrence Songs, Op. 14: No. 1, Dog-Tired $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Hugh Wood — D.H. Lawrence Songs, Op. 14: No. 2, Kisses in the Train $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Hugh Wood — D.H. Lawrence Songs, Op. 14: No. 3, Roses on the Breakfast Table $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Hugh Wood — D.H. Lawrence Songs, Op. 14: No. 4, Gloire de Dijon $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Hugh Wood — D.H. Lawrence Songs, Op. 14: No. 5, River Roses $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Hugh Wood — The Isles of Greece: No. 1, Delos $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Hugh Wood — The Isles of Greece: No. 2, Nemea $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Hugh Wood — The Isles of Greece: No. 3, Ouzo Unclouded $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Hugh Wood — The Isles of Greece: No. 4, in the Sea Caves $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Hugh Wood — The Isles of Greece: No. 5, The Isles of Greece $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Hugh Wood — The Isles of Greece: No. 6, Bitter Lemons $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 1, A Dream of Frances Speedwell $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 2, Wild Cyclamen $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 3, Beatrice & Dante $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 4, The Garden $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 5, The Leap $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 6, Not to Sleep $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 7, The Crab-Tree $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 8, Bites & Kisses $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 9, Horizon $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 10, The Window Sill $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 11, A Lost Jewel $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Hugh Wood — Wild Cyclamen, Op. 49: No. 12, Hedges Freaked with Snow $0.99 on iTunes

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
Performers Composer

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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Works Details

>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