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Down by the Salley Gardens: 19th & 20th Century English Songs / Bejun Mehta

Audio Samples

>Howells, Herbert : King David for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : It was a lover and his lass, for voice & piano, Op. 23/3
>Gurney, Ivor : Down by the Salley Gardens, for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Purcell, Henry : Lord, what is man?, Z 192
>Purcell, Henry : Let the night perish, Z 191 "Job's Curse"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Come away death, for voice & piano, Op. 6/1
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : O mistress mine, for voice & piano, Op. 6/2
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Blow, blow, thou winter wind, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/3
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : I Said to Love, Op. 19b
>     At Middle-Field Gate in February
>Howells, Herbert : Songs, Op. 22
>     The Widow Bird
>Berkeley, Lennox : Songs, Op. 26
>     The Horseman
>Howells, Herbert : The Little Boy Lost, song
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame Sans Merci, ballad for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Bright is the ring of words, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Songs of Travel no 8)
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14
>     The Sigh
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Jillian of Berry, for voice & piano
>Hely-Hutchinson, Victor : Old Mother Hubbard (Set in the Manner of Handel), song for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Take, o take those lips away, song for voice & piano, Op. 23/4
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Since we loved
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Hey ho! The wind and the rain, for voice & piano, Op. 23/5
>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while

Album Summary

>Howells, Herbert : King David for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : It was a lover and his lass, for voice & piano, Op. 23/3
>Gurney, Ivor : Down by the Salley Gardens, for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Purcell, Henry : Lord, what is man?, Z 192
>Purcell, Henry : Let the night perish, Z 191 "Job's Curse"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Come away death, for voice & piano, Op. 6/1
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : O mistress mine, for voice & piano, Op. 6/2
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Blow, blow, thou winter wind, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/3
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : I Said to Love, Op. 19b
>Howells, Herbert : Songs, Op. 22
>Berkeley, Lennox : Songs, Op. 26
>Howells, Herbert : The Little Boy Lost, song
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame Sans Merci, ballad for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Bright is the ring of words, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Songs of Travel no 8)
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Jillian of Berry, for voice & piano
>Hely-Hutchinson, Victor : Old Mother Hubbard (Set in the Manner of Handel), song for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Take, o take those lips away, song for voice & piano, Op. 23/4
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Since we loved
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Hey ho! The wind and the rain, for voice & piano, Op. 23/5
>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Down by the Salley Gardens offers a vivid and varied cross-section of English song, ranging from the Edwardian aesthetic of Quilter and early Vaughan Williams to the intensely expressive style of Howells and Finzi. The Purcell realizations by Britten and Tippett, meanwhile, are products of two great 20th-century composers engaging with their musical heritage. In all these different styles, Bejun Mehta shows the same verbal and vocal mastery that won such acclaim for his debut Handel recital on harmonia mundi.

"Bejun Mehta certainly can't be faulted on his eclecticism in his whistle-stop tour of English song...Mehta's singing is so heart-stoppingly beautiful and musically perceptive that you wish he had recorded whole cycles rather than just representative songs." -The Guardian

"Mehta's gift for mood and atmosphere is heard in the light beauty of Quilter's "It was a lover and his lass", the sweet melancholy of Gurney's "Down by the Salley Gardens" or the veiled mystery of Lennox Berkeley's "The Horseman". Pianist Julius Drake provides customary alert, expressive accompaniment." -The Observer

"Mehta is a technically excellent singer; with a firm well-supported line; an unusually resonant lower range; and fine expressive diction, well equal to Julius Drake's sturdy accompaniment. And he's hardly more bloodless than genteel English tenors of the era...he exploits his thinner tone deftly for unusual, even eerie effects, especially in Stanford's chilling La belle dame snas merci" -BBC Music Magazine

"Any suspicion that these songs might sound lukewarm or tentative in the hands of a countertenor is soon dispelled by Mehta's invigorating singing of Quilter's 'Blow, blow, thou winter wind' and the keen way he dramatises Stanford's 'La Belle Dame sans merci'. The verbal point he brings to a handful of Purcell songs in arrangements by Britten and Tippett is also appreciated." -Gramophone

"Mehta may not possess the most extensive of vocal paintboxes but he does gradate the shades at his disposal to good effect: pastels rather than oils. In Drake he has a partner who draws suitable sounds from the piano." -International Record Review

International Record Review
Mehta may not possess the most extensive of vocal paint boxes but he does gradate the shades at his disposal to good effect: pastels rather than oils. In Drake he has a partner who draws suitable sounds from the piano.

The Guardian
Bejun Mehta certainly can't be faulted on his eclecticism in his whistle-stop tour of English song...Mehta's singing is so heart-stoppingly beautiful and musically perceptive that you wish he had recorded whole cycles rather than just representative songs.

The Observer
Mehta's gift for mood and atmosphere is heard in the light beauty of Quilter's "It was a lover and his lass", the sweet melancholy of Gurney's "Down by the Salley Gardens" or the veiled mystery of Lennox Berkeley's "The Horseman". Pianist Julius Drake provides customary alert, expressive accompaniment.

BBC Music Magazine
Mehta is a technically excellent singer; with a firm well-supported line; an unusually resonant lower range; and fine expressive diction, well equal to Julius Drake's sturdy accompaniment. And he's hardly more bloodless than genteel English tenors of the era...he exploits his thinner tone deftly for unusual, even eerie effects, especially in Stanford's chilling La belle dame snas merci

Gramophone Magazine
Any suspicion that these songs might sound lukewarm or tentative in the hands of a countertenor is soon dispelled by Mehta's invigorating singing of Quilter's 'Blow, blow, thou winter wind' and the keen way he dramatises Stanford's 'La Belle Dame sans merci'. The verbal point he brings to a handful of Purcell songs in arrangements by Britten and Tippett is also appreciated.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (09/2010).



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Works Details

>Howells, Herbert : King David for voice & piano
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : It was a lover and his lass, for voice & piano, Op. 23/3
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gurney, Ivor : Down by the Salley Gardens, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Notes: Composition written: 1903.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Purcell, Henry : Lord, what is man?, Z 192
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Let the night perish, Z 191 "Job's Curse"
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1687

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Notes: Composition written: 1901.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Come away death, for voice & piano, Op. 6/1
  • Performers: Bejun Mehta; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1905

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : O mistress mine, for voice & piano, Op. 6/2
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1905

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Blow, blow, thou winter wind, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/3
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : I Said to Love, Op. 19b :: At Middle-Field Gate in February
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Howells, Herbert : Songs, Op. 22 :: The Widow Bird
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Berkeley, Lennox : Songs, Op. 26 :: The Horseman
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Howells, Herbert : The Little Boy Lost, song
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame Sans Merci, ballad for voice & piano
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Bright is the ring of words, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Songs of Travel no 8)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14 :: The Sigh
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926-1929

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : Jillian of Berry, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Hely-Hutchinson, Victor : Old Mother Hubbard (Set in the Manner of Handel), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Take, o take those lips away, song for voice & piano, Op. 23/4
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Since we loved
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Hey ho! The wind and the rain, for voice & piano, Op. 23/5
  • Performers: Bejun Mehta; Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Bejun Mehta
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692