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An Irish Songbook / Ailish Tynan, Iain Burnside

Dunhill / Tynan / Burnside
Release Date: 01/01/2011 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 239  
Composer:  Thomas DunhillSamuel BarberFrank BridgeEdmund Pendleton,   ... 
Performer:  Ailish TynanIain Burnside
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Will strongly appeal to any lover of English song or of the enchanting, mysterious country that is Ireland!

An excellent release from Signum Classics of songs by composers ranging from Bridge and Harty to Ireland and Barber, this disc features soprano Ailish Tynan accompanied by Iain Burnside. Initial impressions are good: the disc and booklet are well-presented, with full notes and, importantly, words to all the songs. The notes are by Philip Lancaster and are superb: invaluable in setting the featured songs in context; describing the growing feeling of national identity in Ireland at the end of the 19th century, and the resultant nationalist cultural movement led by figures such as W. B. Yeats. 

Read more Although only a couple of the composers featured here are actually Irish - the rest are English and American. All the poems set are Irish, predominantly, though far from exclusively, by W. B. Yeats and James Joyce. There are also a number of arrangements of traditional Irish folktunes (by Moeran, Pendelton, Britten and Herbert Hughes), often from Thomas Moore’s nineteenth-century collection of Irish Melodies, which publication provided words which could be set to traditional Irish airs that had lost their original lyrics.
 
The songs featured have been carefully chosen and well-programmed; the result being a disc of attractive, atmospheric and evocative music. The only work which for me slightly jars is John Cage’s The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (a setting of James Joyce for voice using only three pitches, and piano lid accompaniment) - which sits a little at odds with the other, more lyrical, songs.
 
Irish-born and bred Ailish Tynan has a strong accent that, unsurprisingly, works extremely well here. She has a strong voice, and an excellent air of drama, as demonstrated in the whispered sections of Barber’s Solitary Hotel. She is also due full marks for enunciation, communication, and liveliness - in The Tinker’s Daughter, for example she creates a good sense of fun and vibrancy, and her accent is joy to hear. The only criticisms I have are of very prominent, gasping, breath-taking - which sometimes detracts, and the fact that she is late coming in at the start of The Minstrel Boy - very minor quibbles in the scheme of things! Iain Burnside is as sensitive an accompanist as one would hope and expect.
 
Highlights of this disc for me are the gorgeous To Eire by Arnold Bax, Bahnhofstrasse by C. W. Orr, and Flood by Herbert Howells - all these beautiful songs here given glowing, radiant performances. Certainly a disc that will strongly appeal to any lover of English song or of the enchanting, mysterious country that is Ireland!
 
-- Em Marshall-Luck , MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. The Wind among the Reeds, Op. 30: no 3, Cloths of Heaven by Thomas Dunhill
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1911; England 
2. Despite and Still, Op. 41: no 4, Solitary Hotel by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
3. Lean out of the window by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
4. Bid adieu by Edmund Pendleton
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
5. Songs from County Kerry: The Roving Dingle Boy by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Ireland 
6. The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs by John Cage
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
7. Flood by Herbert Howells
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
8. Bahnhofstrasse by Charles Wilifrid Orr
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
9. Marry me now by Herbert Hughes
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
10. The Lost Lover by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
11. Folksongs (10), Volume 4: no 1, Avenging and bright by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
12. Oh men from the fields by Herbert Hughes
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
13. Hermit Songs, Op. 29: no 3, St Ita's Vision by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; USA 
14. Folksongs (10), Volume 4: no 4, Minstrel Boy by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
15. Tutto è sciolto by John Ireland
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
16. The Stranger's Grave by Sir Hamilton Harty
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
17. Folksongs (10), Volume 4: no 2, Sail on by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
18. Hermit Songs, Op. 29: no 10, The Desire for Hermitage by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; USA 
19. Folksongs (10), Volume 4: no 5, At the mid hour of night by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
20. Folksongs (7), Volume 1: no 1, Salley Gardens by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 

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