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I Heard You Singing - English Songs by German, Whipp, Coates, Elgar, Sullivan, Stanford, Lehmann, Herbert, Vaughan williams et al. / Ben Johnson, tenor; James Baillieu, piano

Audio Samples

  1. I Heard You Singing — Orpheus with His Lute (Version for Voice & Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. I Heard You Singing — Woo Her Gently $0.99 on iTunes
  3. I Heard You Singing — Betty & Johnny $0.99 on iTunes
  4. I Heard You Singing — Bird Songs at Eventide $0.99 on iTunes
  5. I Heard You Singing — Pleading, Op. 48 (Version for Voice & Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. I Heard You Singing — The Lost Chord $0.99 on iTunes
  7. I Heard You Singing — The Wind Among the Reeds, Op. 30: No. 3, The Cloths of Heaven $0.99 on iTunes
  8. I Heard You Singing — How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings $0.99 on iTunes
  9. I Heard You Singing — The Little Road to Bethlehem $0.99 on iTunes
  10. I Heard You Singing — 4 Indian Love Lyrics: No. 4, Till I Wake $0.99 on iTunes
  11. I Heard You Singing — In a Persian Garden: No. 20, Ah, Moon of My Delight $0.99 on iTunes
  12. I Heard You Singing — The Stuttering Lovers (Arr. H. Hughes for Voice & Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. I Heard You Singing — I Heard You Singing $0.99 on iTunes
  14. I Heard You Singing — Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred $0.99 on iTunes
  15. I Heard You Singing — A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, Op. 140: No. 3, A Soft Day $0.99 on iTunes
  16. I Heard You Singing — 4 Cautionary Tales and a Moral, No. 4, Henry King $0.99 on iTunes
  17. I Heard You Singing — If I Built a World for You $0.99 on iTunes
  18. I Heard You Singing — To Daffodils $0.99 on iTunes
  19. I Heard You Singing — Until $0.99 on iTunes
  20. I Heard You Singing — 4 Indian Love Lyrics: No. 3, Kashmiri Song $0.99 on iTunes
  21. I Heard You Singing — Orpheus with His Lute $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>German, Edward : Henry III
>Whipp, Ivy Mason : Woo Her Gently, for voice & piano
>Coates, Eric : Betty and Johnny, for voice & piano
>Coates, Eric : Bird Songs at Eventide, song for voice & piano
>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
>Sullivan, Arthur : The Lost Chord
>Dunhill, Thomas : Cloths of Heaven for voice & piano, Op. 30/3
>Liddle, Samuel : How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings
>Head, Michael : The Little Road to Bethlehem
>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : Till I wake
>Lehmann, Liza : Ah, moon of my delight, for voice & piano
>Traditional, Irish : The Stuttering Lovers, folksong
>Coates, Eric : I Heard You Singing for voice & piano
>Coates, Eric : Tell me where is fancy bred, for voice & piano
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Soft Day, for voice & piano, Op. 140/3
>Lehmann, Liza : Henry King, for voice & piano (from Four Cautionary Tales and a Moral)
>Lehmann, Liza : If I built a world for you, for voice & piano
>Herbert, Muriel : To Daffodils ("Faire Daffadills, we weep to see"), for voice & piano
>Sanderson, Wilfrid : Until
>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : Indian Love Lyrics (4)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Orpheus with his lute
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Audience Prize-winner at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (2013), accomplished young English tenor Ben Johnson lends his dulcet tones to a program featuring a bouquet of ballads from the British Isles. This song form enjoyed extraordinary popularity in private homes throughout the Victorian, Edwardian and Modern eras, inspiring generations of talented composers - men and women - to marry words and music in a delightful variety of styles.

The Guardian, 10th January 2016
Tenor Ben Johnson, light-voiced and lyrical, with high notes to make you swoon, and pianist James Baillieu, alert and responsive, are ideal duo partners on this Rosenblatt Recital disc of late Victorian and Edwardian ballads... these songs may veer towards the sentimental but they capture a mood and a moment.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
Johnson's full, lustrous tone and floating higher notes, decidedly unlike today's typical 'English' tenor, suit this repertoire well. With James Baillieu's strong if unobtrusive support, he sings with expressive sincerity and restrained elegance, avoiding camp even where cheesy sentimentality lurks.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
Accompanied with ideal presence by James Baillieu, Johnson displays an easy mastery of the genre, pointing the words in a way that is touching without sounding arty. If the prospect of so many ballads in a row seems forbidding, do not despair. Johnson's choice of songs keeps an eye out for variety... The talent scouts at Rosenblatt Recitals are not losing their touch.



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Works Details

>German, Edward : Henry III :: Orpheus with his lute
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Whipp, Ivy Mason : Woo Her Gently, for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Coates, Eric : Betty and Johnny, for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Coates, Eric : Bird Songs at Eventide, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Sullivan, Arthur : The Lost Chord
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 01/13/1877

>Dunhill, Thomas : Cloths of Heaven for voice & piano, Op. 30/3
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1912

>Liddle, Samuel : How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Head, Michael : The Little Road to Bethlehem
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : Till I wake
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lehmann, Liza : Ah, moon of my delight, for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Irish : The Stuttering Lovers, folksong
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Coates, Eric : I Heard You Singing for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Coates, Eric : Tell me where is fancy bred, for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : A Soft Day, for voice & piano, Op. 140/3
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Lehmann, Liza : Henry King, for voice & piano (from Four Cautionary Tales and a Moral)
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Lehmann, Liza : If I built a world for you, for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Herbert, Muriel : To Daffodils ("Faire Daffadills, we weep to see"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Sanderson, Wilfrid : Until
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Woodforde-Finden, Amy : Indian Love Lyrics (4)
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1902

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Orpheus with his lute
  • Performers: James Baillieu (Piano); Ben Johnson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1901