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From a City Window: Songs by Hubert Parry / Ailish Tynan, soprano; Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano; William Dazeley, baritone; Iain Burnside, piano

Album Summary

>Parry, Charles H. : Good Night
>Parry, Charles H. : To Lucasta on Going to the Wars, for voice & piano (English Lyrics, Vol. 3)
>Parry, Charles H. : Sleep, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Where shall the Lover Rest, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : What Part of Dread Eternity, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Julia, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : From a City Window
>Parry, Charles H. : My Heart Is Like a Singing Bird
>Parry, Charles H. : Looking Backward, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Proud Maisie, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : The Faithful Lover, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Bright Star, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Crabbed Age & Youth
>Parry, Charles H. : Nightfall in Winter, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Grapes, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : O Never Say that I was False of Heart, for voice & piano (Sonnet 109)
>Parry, Charles H. : Dirge in Woods, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : A Girl to her Glass, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : There, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : O Mistress Mine, for voice & piano (from English Lyrics, Set 2)
>Parry, Charles H. : Whence, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Willow, Willow for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : And Yet I Love Her Till I Die, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : Lay a Garland on my Hearse, for voice & piano (English Lyrics, Vol. 5)
>Parry, Charles H. : Armida's Garden, for voice & piano
>Parry, Charles H. : If Thou would'st Ease thine Heart, for voice & piano (English Lyrics, Vol. 3)
>Parry, Charles H. : A Welsh lullaby
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded in the music room of Parry's boyhood home, Highnam Court in Gloucestershire, this disc sheds light on an area of the repertoire that has rarely graced the concert hall in recent times. As English song came into full flower at the turn of the 20th century, Parry's substantial contribution to the genre became somewhat buried. Now, Iain Burnside and his singers rediscover what has been forgotten by historical accident. Combining an innately English sensibility with a technical fastidiousness that owes much to the lieder of Brahms, Schumann, and Wolf, every one of these songs demonstrates Parry's fundamental concern for sincerity and proper declamation of the words. Hubert Parry is undergoing something of a revival, and these performances return his songs to the heart of his output, where the composer always felt they belonged.

Sunday Telegraph, 20th January 2013
This release testifies to the rare talent of a composer still to be adequately recognised...There could surely be no finer champions of this art than the singers heard here.

The Times, 26th January 2013
Among the 27 songs here, fastidiously set to texts from Shakespeare to Scott, are some well-known gems. But many more are revelations. Recorded in Parry's boyhood home near Gloucester, Ailish Tynan, Susan Bickley and William Dazeley sing them with ardour and sensibility, and Iain Burnside's piano accompaniments are full of subtle insight.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
The emotional range of these songs, almost faultlessly conceived in terms of textual rhythm, reminds us of just how expert a song-writer and pioneer of the English art Parry was...Full of subtle vocal nuance, excellent diction and discerning accompaniment, the performances are exquisite.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
Superb singing combines with Iain Burnside's eloquent handling of Parry's piano textures.

MusicWeb International, 28th January 2014
The performances are excellent. All three singers do very well by Parry...As ever, Iain Burnside is an immaculate and excellent accompanist...Admirers of Parry will need no urging to add this disc to their collection but others who are interested in English song should investigate it too; I fancy they may be pleasantly surprised.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012).



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>Parry, Charles H. : Good Night
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : To Lucasta on Going to the Wars, for voice & piano (English Lyrics, Vol. 3)
  • Performers: William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Sleep, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Where shall the Lover Rest, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : What Part of Dread Eternity, for voice & piano
  • Performers: William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Julia, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : From a City Window
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : My Heart Is Like a Singing Bird
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Looking Backward, for voice & piano
  • Performers: William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : Proud Maisie, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : The Faithful Lover, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Bright Star, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : Crabbed Age & Youth
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Nightfall in Winter, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : Grapes, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : O Never Say that I was False of Heart, for voice & piano (Sonnet 109)
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : Dirge in Woods, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : A Girl to her Glass, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ailish Tynan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : There, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : O Mistress Mine, for voice & piano (from English Lyrics, Set 2)
  • Performers: William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Whence, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : Willow, Willow for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ailish Tynan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : And Yet I Love Her Till I Die, for voice & piano
  • Performers: William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : Lay a Garland on my Hearse, for voice & piano (English Lyrics, Vol. 5)
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : Armida's Garden, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : If Thou would'st Ease thine Heart, for voice & piano (English Lyrics, Vol. 3)
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); William Dazeley (Bass-Baritone)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Parry, Charles H. : A Welsh lullaby
  • Performers: Ailish Tynan (Soprano); Iain Burnside (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, England (05/22/2012-05/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic