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

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

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

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

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

>Gurney, Ivor : By a Bierside
  • Performers: Eugene Asti (Piano); James Rutherford (Baritone)
  • 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: Eugene Asti (Piano); James Rutherford (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Gurney, Ivor : The Twa Corbies, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Eugene Asti (Piano); James Rutherford (Baritone)
  • 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: Eugene Asti (Piano); James Rutherford (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1904

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