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Country/ Song Recital

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Felicity Lott brings her delicacy and rich understanding to a collection of English song inspired by the idyllic Sussex countryside. The Englishness typified here is not derived from one unique musical style; rather from each composer's response to the texts. Graham Johnson groups together songs under headings Country Courtship. . . To Music. . . . Love's Philosophy. . . . Country Scenes. . . . Night & Dawn. . . .Children's Corner. . . and Envoys on this charming - and occasionally surprising - disc. It includes songs by Quilter, Elgar, Parry, Ireland, Bax and Holst. The Elgar songs Speak Music and In Moonlight (included under the heading 'To Music') remind us that the paradigm of Englishness Elgar cultivated was more to do with his association with 'Pomp and Circumstance' than necessarily musical matters. As part of 'Country Scenes', Bridge's jolly Go Not, Happy Day gives nothing away about its year of publication, 1916, and the scars which led to later music of a more sombre tone. Also included are a selection of Harold Fraser- Simpson's songs based on verses from A.A. Milne's The Hums of Pooh, and settings by Liza Lehmann - the Edwardian English operatic soprano - including Matilda from 'Four Cautionary Tales' by Hillaire Belloc, a duet with both parts taken by Felicity Lott. The CD takes its title from Peter Warlock's setting of another Belloc text - My Own Country. Dame Felicity Lott lives in Sussex and was the very first artist to perform in the Music Room at Champs Hill. In 2005 she and Graham Johnson returned there to mark the 30th anniversary of her Wigmore debut with this programme (previously release on the ASV label).

"A lovingly planned programme by Graham Johnson, beautifully sung by Dame Felicity"Gramophone
Item number CHRCD024
Barcode 5060212590251
Release date 14/10/2011
Category Song
Label Champs Hill
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Lott, Felicity
Johnson, Graham
Composers Johnson, Graham
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