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Butterworth: Shropshire Lad



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One of England's most distinctive composers, George Butterworth belonged to the generation of young men decimated in the Great War of 1914-1918. His sensitive and melancholic settings of poems from A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad, with their subject matter of the futility and arbitrariness of war, are small-scale masterpieces. Of particular note are the 'Loveliest of Trees', describing the passing of the seasons, and the ghostly and elegiac 'Is my team ploughing?' The Folk Songs from Sussex and settings of poems by R. L. Stevenson, Shelley and Wilde, whose subject matter revolves around flirtation, love, courtship, marriage and desertion, are no less notable for their attention to detail, linguistic nuance and delicate, economical piano writing.
Facts
Item number 8572426
Barcode 747313242672
Release date 28/06/2010
Category 20th Century
Label Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Iain Burnside
Roderick Williams
Composers George Butterworth
Disc: 1
11 Folk Songs from Sussex: Nos. 1-6
1 No. 1. Loveliest of trees
2 No. 2. When I was one-and-twenty
3 No. 3. Look not in my eyes
4 No. 4. Think no more, lad
5 No. 5. The lads in their hundreds
6 No. 6. Is my team ploughing?
7 No. 7. A brisk young sailor courted me
8 No. 8. Seventeen come Sunday
9 No. 9. Roving in the dew
10 No. 10. The true lover's farewell
11 No. 11. Tarry trousers
12 No. 1. Bredon Hill
13 No. 2. O Fair enough are sky and plain
14 No. 3. When the lad for the longing sighs
15 No. 4. On the idle hill of summer
16 No. 5. With rue my heart is laden
17 I Will Make You Brooches
18 I Fear Thy Kisses
19 Requiescat
20 No. 1. Yonder stands a lovely creature
21 No. 2. A blacksmith courted me
22 No. 3. Sowing the seeds of love
23 No. 4. A lawyer he went out one day
24 No. 5. Come my own one
25 No. 6. The cuckoo
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