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Ian Venables (b.1955): The Song of the Severn / Roderick Williams, baritone; Carducci String Quartet; Graham J. Lloyd, piano

Album Summary

>Venables, Ian : The Song of the Severn, for baritone, string quartet & piano, Op. 43
>Venables, Ian : The Pine Boughs Past Music, for baritone & piano, Op. 39
>Venables, Ian : Flying crooked, for voice & piano, Op. 28/1
>Venables, Ian : A Kiss, Op. 15
>Venables, Ian : Invite, to Eternity, for voice & string quartet, Op. 31
>Venables, Ian : The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, song for baritone & piano, Op. 41/3
>Venables, Ian : Break, break, break, for voice & piano, Op. 33/5
>Venables, Ian : Midnight Lamentation, for voice & piano, Op. 6
>Venables, Ian : The hippo, for voice & piano, Op. 33/6
>Venables, Ian : Love's Voice, a song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 22
>Venables, Ian : Frutti di Mare, song for baritone & piano, Op. 41/2
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ian Venables’ reputation as ‘one of the finest song composers of his generation’ (BBC Music Magazine) and gift for creating works of lasting beauty finds voice in this disc of premiere recordings of two substantial song cycles. The Song of the Severn, a celebration of Venables’ home county of Worcestershire, and The Pine Boughs Past Music, a poignant tribute to the poetic talents of Ivor Gurney, bring together baritone, Roderick Williams, the Carducci String Quartet and pianist Graham J Lloyd. Other songs include those with solo piano and arrangements by Graham J Lloyd, for string quartet.

The Guardian, 16th July 2015
Venables' music is unashamedly rooted in the English pastoral tradition...The two song cycles that Roderick Williams sings with his usual exemplary musicality and tact show how convincing Venables' occupation of that world can be...Anachronistic though Venables' music sometimes seems to be, as if yearning for a world that cannot be recovered, it can be powerfully convincing.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
Williams is in stellar form throughout (his lustrous tone beautifully captured by the microphones), and he enjoys outstandingly sympathetic support from Graham J. Lloyd (whose pianism is of a very high order) and the Carducci Quartet... No lover of the early-20th-century English art song or pastoral tradition should fail to investigate this notable issue.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014).



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>Venables, Ian : The Song of the Severn, for baritone, string quartet & piano, Op. 43
  • Performers: Graham Lloyd (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Venables, Ian : The Pine Boughs Past Music, for baritone & piano, Op. 39
  • Performers: Graham Lloyd (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Venables, Ian : Flying crooked, for voice & piano, Op. 28/1
  • Performer: Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Venables, Ian : A Kiss, Op. 15
  • Performer: Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Venables, Ian : Invite, to Eternity, for voice & string quartet, Op. 31 :: Evening Bells
  • Performer: Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Venables, Ian : The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, song for baritone & piano, Op. 41/3
  • Performer: Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Venables, Ian : Break, break, break, for voice & piano, Op. 33/5
  • Performers: Graham Lloyd (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Venables, Ian : Midnight Lamentation, for voice & piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Graham Lloyd (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Venables, Ian : The hippo, for voice & piano, Op. 33/6
  • Performers: Graham Lloyd (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Venables, Ian : Love's Voice, a song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 22 :: The Invitation to the Gondola
  • Performers: Graham Lloyd (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1995

>Venables, Ian : Frutti di Mare, song for baritone & piano, Op. 41/2
  • Performers: Graham Lloyd (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford (12/12/2014/12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011