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Music For Tenor & String Quartet


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 222   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sarah RodgersEdmund RubbraRalph Vaughan WilliamsArnold Bax
Performer:  Richard Edgar-WilsonJames Lisney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coull String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Length:  1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nearly half this disc is given over to the setting, by Sarah Rodgers (b1953), of John Ruskin’s tale for his future bride Effie. It’s a pleasant, ballad-like piece, the accompaniment and pentatonic harmonies very reminiscent of Ravel’s Quartet, the vocal writing more in the line of Vaughan Williams. Edgar-Wilson’s expressive voice is one of which you don’t easily tire and the words of the narrative are clearly audible. With its lilting rhythms and recurring motifs, it’s a piece that would work well for children. Prose stories are rarely set to music, probably because of the constraints the size of the text places on the composer. Certainly the booklet hints that Rodgers’s writing can be more adventurous than this. Rubbra, using the same Read more forces, treats the quartet more like a viol consort, its sustained linear texture reflecting the age in which Spenser, the poet of Amoretti, lived. The Two Medieval Songs (premiered on disc here, as are the two, much livelier Bax songs and the Rodgers) are intimate and deeply spiritual gems. The addition of the piano for On Wenlock Edge results in instrumental writing that is almost orchestral in scope – but also draws attention to a slightly over-reverberant acoustic. James Lisney plays with panache and the Coull Quartet at last gets a chance to show its mettle.

-- Janet Banks, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
The King of the Golden River by Sarah Rodgers
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coull String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; England 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  All Saints Church, E 
Language: English 
2.
Amoretti, Op. 43 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coull String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; England 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  All Saints Church, E 
3.
On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  James Lisney (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coull String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  All Saints Church, E 
Language: English 
4.
O mistress mine by Arnold Bax
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coull String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  All Saints Church, E 
5.
My eyes for beauty pine by Arnold Bax
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coull String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  All Saints Church, E 
6.
Ave Maria Gratia Plena by Edmund Rubbra
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coull String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  All Saints Church, E 

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