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Most Grand to Die - Songs by George Butterworth and Ralph Vaughan Williams / James Rutherford, baritone; Eugene Asti, piano

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> Bredon Hill and Other Songs - No. 1. Bredon Hill
> Bredon Hill and Other Songs - No. 2. O Fair enough are Sky and Plain
> Bredon Hill and Other Songs - No. 3. When the Lad for the Longing Sighs
> Bredon Hill and Other Songs - No. 4. On the Idle Hill of Summer
> Bredon Hill and Other Songs - No. 5. With Rue My Heart is Laden
> In Flanders - In Flanders
> Severn Meadows - Severn Meadows
> Even Such Is Time - Even Such Is Time
> By a Bierside - By a Bierside
> 6 Songs from A Shropshire Lad - No. 1. Loveliest of Trees
> 6 Songs from A Shropshire Lad - No. 2. When I was one-and-twenty
> 6 Songs from A Shropshire Lad - No. 3. Look Not in My Eyes
> 6 Songs from A Shropshire Lad - No. 4. Think no more, Lad
> 6 Songs from A Shropshire Lad - No. 5. The Lads in their Hundreds
> 6 Songs from A Shropshire Lad - No. 6. Is My Team Ploughing?
> The Twa Corbies - The Twa Corbies
> Songs of Travel - No. 1. The Vagabond
> Songs of Travel - No. 2. Let Beauty Awake
> Songs of Travel - No. 3. The Roadside Fire
> Songs of Travel - No. 4. Youth and Love
> Songs of Travel - No. 5. In Dreams
> Songs of Travel - No. 6. The Infinite Shining Heavens
> Songs of Travel - No. 7. Whither Must I Wander?
> Songs of Travel - No. 8. Bright Is the Ring of Words
> Songs of Travel - No. 9. I Have Trod the Upward and Downward Slope
> 5 Elizabethan Songs (text by J. Fletcher) - 5 Elizabethan Songs: No. 4. Sleep

Album Summary

>Butterworth, George : Bredon Hill and Other Songs, songs (5) for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : In Flanders for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : Severn Meadows for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : Even Such is Time, for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : By a Bierside
>Butterworth, George : Songs (6) from "A Shropshire Lad," for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Gurney, Ivor : The Twa Corbies, for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Gurney, Ivor : Sleep, for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The Guardian, 15th August 2012
The quality of the Gurney songs may be a bit uneven, but Rutherford handles them all with great tact, his tone fined down, his diction immaculate, and without a hint of extraneous pathos. In the authentically great Butterworth sets Rutherford's approach is exemplary.

International Record Review, September 2012
Rutherford's full tone, dark, possibly bass-baritone rather than BIS's designation of baritone, is released with the vigour to resemble somebody, here the vagabond, striding purposefully along the lane...Asti's playing gels with Rutherford's singing in these Gurney songs, as it does in the other pieces...Rutherford's enunciation is all one could wish for.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
A hefty bass-baritone in every sense, he's inevitably compared with Bryn Terfel, but his voice seems darker and somewhat smoother, less given to pianissimi but still expressive...Songs of Travel has a notably virile energy, reinforced by veteran accompanist Eugene Asti's unusually driven reading...A very worthwhile recital.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
Rutherford brings his Wagnerian bass-baritone to bear on the song repertoire with uncommon skill and sensitivity...The only serious drawback comes at the top of the voice, where Wagnerian bluster and a slow vibrato sometimes detract from the beauty of his singing...but Rutherford has given notice of a very appreciable talent for song. With accompaniments of exemplary precision, this disc is highly recommended.



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Works Details

>Butterworth, George : Bredon Hill and Other Songs, songs (5) for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Rutherford (Baritone); Eugene Asti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Gurney, Ivor : In Flanders for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Rutherford (Baritone); Eugene Asti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Gurney, Ivor : Severn Meadows for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Rutherford (Baritone); Eugene Asti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Gurney, Ivor : Even Such is Time, for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Rutherford (Baritone); Eugene Asti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gurney, Ivor : By a Bierside
  • Performers: James Rutherford (Baritone); Eugene Asti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Butterworth, George : Songs (6) from "A Shropshire Lad," for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: James Rutherford (Baritone); Eugene Asti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Gurney, Ivor : The Twa Corbies, for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Rutherford (Baritone); Eugene Asti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: James Rutherford (Baritone); Eugene Asti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Gurney, Ivor : Sleep, for voice & piano
  • Performers: James Rutherford (Baritone); Eugene Asti (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern