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My True Love Hath My Heart - English Songs, Howells, Britten Ireland, et al. / Sarah Connolly, ms

Audio Samples

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 3
>Britten, Benjamin : How sweet the answer, folksong for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 4)
>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
>Britten, Benjamin : Early one morning, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)
>Howells, Herbert : King David for voice & piano
>Howells, Herbert : Come Sing and Dance for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Her song, for voice & piano (from "Songs (3) to Poems by Thomas Hardy")
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Songs (2) for voice & piano (1920)
>     My true love hath my heart
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Tryst, for voice & piano (from Two Songs, 1928)
>Gurney, Ivor : Sleep, for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : By a Bierside
>Howells, Herbert : Gavotte for voice & piano
>Howells, Herbert : Lost Love Song, for voice & piano
>Head, Michael : Foxgloves, for voice & piano
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The First Mercy, for voice & piano
>Head, Michael : Cotswold Love, for voice & piano
>Bennett, Richard R. : A History of the The Dansant, for voice & piano

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 3
>Britten, Benjamin : How sweet the answer, folksong for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 4)
>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
>Britten, Benjamin : Early one morning, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)
>Howells, Herbert : King David for voice & piano
>Howells, Herbert : Come Sing and Dance for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Her song, for voice & piano (from "Songs (3) to Poems by Thomas Hardy")
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Songs (2) for voice & piano (1920)
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Tryst, for voice & piano (from Two Songs, 1928)
>Gurney, Ivor : Sleep, for voice & piano
>Gurney, Ivor : By a Bierside
>Howells, Herbert : Gavotte for voice & piano
>Howells, Herbert : Lost Love Song, for voice & piano
>Head, Michael : Foxgloves, for voice & piano
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The First Mercy, for voice & piano
>Head, Michael : Cotswold Love, for voice & piano
>Bennett, Richard R. : A History of the The Dansant, for voice & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Connolly received excellent reviews for her recital performance of 'English Songs' on April 11, 2011 at Alice Tully Hall, NYC. The NY Times wrote: 'Ms Connolly's voice was strong & steady through its range, velvety, but with a soft, subtle graininess that gave weight and presence to even her most ethereal floated notes'. Accompanied by Martineau on piano, highlights on this album include By a Bierside, Gurney's stark reflection on death, written in World War I trenches, Howells's King David which has long been considered a masterpiece, & A History of the Thé Dansant by Bennett, published in 1995.

"Her singing is consistently beautiful in this programme of English songs." -The Sunday Times

"A lovely big mezzo reading of modern settings by Britten, Howells, Gurney and more, with unassertive accompaniment by Malcolm Martineau. A sarcastic Richard Rodney Bennett set rounds off the show." -La Scena Musicale

"Ms Connolly’s voice was strong and steady through its range, velvety, but with a soft, subtle graininess that gave weight and presence to even her most ethereal floated notes." -The New York Times

Financial Times
It is good to find an English singer in her prime championing the lesser-known art songs of her native tradition, and making them sound not so much twee as magical: listen to Connolly's artless handling of Britten's "Corpus Christi Carol", the quiet rapture she finds in Howells's "Kind David", the fun she has with the Foxtrot from Richard Rodney Bennett's "History of ThT Dansant".

BBC Music Magazine
They create a sense of isolation within the sadness of King David; they capture Ireland's responses to the poetry of Hardy, Sidney and Symons with total commitment; and they respond with sentience to Gurney's uniquely eloquent feeling for the inflections of the English language in two of his classic songs

The Telegraph
One of today's most intelligent musical mezzo-sopranos, Sarah Connolly is in gloriously fluent and expressive voice for an imaginatively programmed selection of mid 20th-century English song... Malcolm Martineau's accompaniment is exemplary in its sensitivity.

Classic FM Magazine
Her sense of drama is never overstated. She excels, therefore, in capturing the masculine melancholy of Britten's lullabies and Bennett's brittle, unpredictable scenes from a long marriage. Martineau responds throughout with characteristically flawless, subtle and intuitive accompaniment.

Gramophone Magazine
Connolly sings immaculately, with impeccably sensitive accompaniment from Malcolm Martineau, in sound both clear and perfectly balanced.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 3
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Britten, Benjamin : How sweet the answer, folksong for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 4)
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1960

>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1961

>Britten, Benjamin : Early one morning, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5)
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1961

>Howells, Herbert : King David for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : Come Sing and Dance for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1928

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Her song, for voice & piano (from "Songs (3) to Poems by Thomas Hardy")
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Songs (2) for voice & piano (1920) :: My true love hath my heart
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Tryst, for voice & piano (from Two Songs, 1928)
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Gurney, Ivor : Sleep, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gurney, Ivor : By a Bierside
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Howells, Herbert : Gavotte for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : Lost Love Song, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Head, Michael : Foxgloves, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The First Mercy, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927

>Head, Michael : Cotswold Love, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Bennett, Richard R. : A History of the Thé Dansant, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (02/01/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern