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Bird Songs At Eventide / Robert White, Stephen Hough


Release Date: 12/09/2003 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55156   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eric CoatesJosephine McGillCharles Wakefield CadmanCécile Louise Chaminade,   ... 
Performer:  Robert WhiteStephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Singer, pianist and executive producer all contribute a preface to this disc, saying how good the songs are and (the producer) how well they are performed. Nostalgia is mentioned, and it is true that there is a little tug on the heart towards what Betjeman called "that Edwardian erstwhile". Still, songs such as these, or at any rate some of them, are just beginning now to stand on their merits without too much association with front parlour, antimacassar, aspidistra and the terrible sadness of the First World War. Bless this house, for ii instance, can be valued as a well-made melody with sincere and heartfelt verses. Others speak for themselves in the effect they have when intro duced into a concert programme at the Wigmore Hall Read more in recent years with "Pale hands I loved" (Kashmiri Love Song), Roses of Picardy and A brown bird singing. The composers of those songs, like Eric Coates with his Birdsongs at Eventide, did have something which was distinctly of their period and which gains, rather than depreciates, with the passage of time.

Nostalgia is still more powerfully engendered by Robert White's singing. He is of the old school, brought up on McCormack rather than Pears, and he knows by training and instinct what legato means. His voice has deepened, with loss of quality on the upper notes (none heard here above the A flat) when these are sung loudly. He still produces his voice with an evenness which I really wonder whether any from our younger generation of tenors (fine artists as many of them are) could command supposing they wanted to. As for the McCormack influence, it is remarkable how free he is of the dangers of imitation; yet at times ("you'll come back to us" and "where'er they may be", for instance, in God be with our boys tonight) the memory is in the voice, present almost as part of the song itself. Many charming and graceful things are done, by pianist as well as singer, and charming things are told in Robert White's insertnotes, not least in his recollection of Little grey home in the West sung impromptu to some surprised and delighted dinner guests by HM The Queen Mother.

-- Gramophone [2/1996]
reviewing the original release, Hyperion 66818
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bird Songs at Eventide by Eric Coates
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Duna by Josephine McGill
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
At dawning, Op 29 no 1 by Charles Wakefield Cadman
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Robert White (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
La petite rond d'argent by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Robert White (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Song to the Seals by Granville Bantock
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Robert White (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1930; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
The Fairy Tree by Vincent O'Brien
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
The Lost Chord by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Robert White (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Indian Love Lyrics (4): no 1, Kashmiri Song "Less than dust" by Amy Woodforde Finden
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1902; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Indian Love Lyrics (4): no 2, Till I wake by Amy Woodforde Finden
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1902; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Songs (3), Op. 3: no 2, Now sleeps the crimson petal by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Arnold Book of Old Songs: Drink to me only with thine eyes by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Oh, dry those tears by Teresa del Riego
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Robert White (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Sylvia by Clinton Scollard
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
In a Persian Garden: Ah, moon of my delight by Liza Lehmann
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1896; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Allah by George W. Chadwick
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Bless this house by May Brahe
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Thanks be to God by Stanley Dickson
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Roses of Picardy by Haydn Wood
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
God be with our boys tonight by Wilfred Sanderson
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Smilin' through by Arthur A. Penn
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
Little Grey Home in the West by Hermann Lohr
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
Bonnie wee thing by Liza Lehmann
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
The Lord is My Light by Frances Allitsen
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
Somewhere a Voice is Calling by Arthur F. Tate
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
A brown bird singing by Haydn Wood
Performer:  Robert White (Tenor), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 

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