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The English Song Collection

The English Song Collection

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CKD 431 (Linn Records)
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Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge

1. Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge

A stunning collection of songs reminiscent of the idyllic English countryside.   more >>

CKD 296

Oh Fair To See (songs by Gerald Finzi)

2. Oh Fair To See (songs by Gerald Finzi)

A beautiful selection of Finzi song cycles with text by Thomas Hardy and other notable English poets   more >>

CKD 253

Leighton Earth, Sweet Earth…(laudes terrae) and Britten Winter Words

3. Leighton Earth, Sweet Earth…(laudes terrae) and Britten Winter Words

Includes the first modern recording of Leighton's 'Earth, Sweet Earth'   more >>

CKD 329

The Times states, ' an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself'; James' hugely popular series of works by Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Gurney and Britten have proved this is the case. This special three album collection brings together his finest recordings to date.

‘James Gilchrist's bright, ringing tenor voice is compelling from the first note...Anna Tilbrook is an outstanding accompanist.' BBC Music Magazine

‘This is an excellent collection for lovers of English song.' The Observer

‘Gilchrist and Tilbrook are an outstandingly accomplished and sensitive modern combination.' Gramophone

‘As an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself.' The Times

'The English Song Collection' includes the premiere recording of Gurney's masterpiece Ludlow & Teme using the composer's revised and corrected version which the composer declared to be his favourite. It also includes the first modern recording of Leighton's
Earth, Sweet Earth since the original recording by Neil Mackie for whom the work was written.

All of Gilchrist's recordings with Linn have been highly acclaimed; ‘On Wenlock Edge' was a Finalist in the ‘Solo Vocal Album of the Year' category at the 2008 Gramophone Awards and ‘Oh Fair to See' was named a ‘Benchmark Recording' by BBC Music.

Pianist Anna Tilbrook displays her substantial talents as an accompanist providing flawless support to long-term performing partner James.  Also featured in this collection are Michael Cox (flute), Gareth Hulse (cor anglais) and The Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

'The English Song Collection' includes: 

Gerald Finzi: Oh Fair To SeeTill Earth OutwearsA Young Man's Exhortations
Ralph Vaughan-Williams: On Wenlock Edge
Peter Warlock: The Curlew
Arthur Bliss: Elegiac Sonnet
Ivor Gurney: Ludlow & Teme
Kenneth Leighton: Earth, Sweet Earth
Benjamin Britten: Winter Words


Release Date 2012
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